Phantom Subspecies: The Wood Bison, Bison bison " athabascae " Rhoads 1897 Is Not a Valid Taxon, but an Ecotype

  title={Phantom Subspecies: The Wood Bison, Bison bison " athabascae " Rhoads 1897 Is Not a Valid Taxon, but an Ecotype},
  author={Valerius Geist},
  • V. Geist
  • Published 1991
  • Environmental Science
  • Arctic
The proposal that the "hybrid bison" of Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP) be exterminated and replaced with "wood bison" has no taxonomic justification. The subspecies Bison bison athabasca e Rhoads 1897 is based on the inadequate descriptions and taxonomically invalid criteria - i.e., body size and morphometrics. Its accepted pelage features are based on studies of the same herd of Nyarling River (NR) bison from Elk Island National Park (EINP). These pelage features, assumed to be genetically… 

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