The Impact of Species Concept on Biodiversity Studies

  title={The Impact of Species Concept on Biodiversity Studies},
  author={Paul-Michael Agapow and Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds and Keith A. Crandall and John L. Gittleman and Georgina M. Mace and Jonathon C. Marshall and Andy Purvis},
  journal={The Quarterly Review of Biology},
  pages={161 - 179}
Species are defined using a variety of different operational techniques. While discussion of the various methodologies has previously been restricted mostly to taxonomists, the demarcation of species is also crucial for conservation biology. Unfortunately, different methods of diagnosing species can arrive at different entities. Most prominently, it is widely thought that use of a phylogenetic species concept may lead to recognition of a far greater number of much less inclusive units. As a… 
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