Species delimitation based on diagnosis and monophyly, and its importance for advancing mammalian taxonomy

@article{Gutirrez2018SpeciesDB,
  title={Species delimitation based on diagnosis and monophyly, and its importance for advancing mammalian taxonomy},
  author={Eli{\'e}cer E. Guti{\'e}rrez and Guilherme Siniciato Terra Garbino},
  journal={Zoological Research},
  year={2018},
  volume={39},
  pages={301 - 308}
}
A recently proposed taxonomic classification of extant ungulates sparked a series of publications that criticize the Phylogenetic Species Concept (PSC) claiming it to be a particularly poor species concept. These opinions reiteratively stated that (1) the two fundamental elements of the "PSC", i.e., monophyly and diagnosability, do not offer objective criteria as to where the line between species should be drawn; and (2) that extirpation of populations can lead to artificial diagnosability and… Expand
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