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Naming Species

Ananias A. Escalante M. aescalan at DARWIN.BIO.UCI.EDU
Wed Mar 2 12:22:37 EST 1994


There is a paper by Tibayrenc et al 1991 that is relevant in this discussion:

Tibayrenc M., Kjellberg F., and F. J. Ayala (1991) The clonal Theory of 
parasitic protozoa: a taxonomic proposal applicable to other clonal 
organisms. BioScience 41(11):767-774

They conclude that genetic markers should not be used to separate species 
at least they correspond with "biologically significant differences", of 
course there is ambiguity in this assumption but it can be defined in 
each case. They suggested the use of a new term "clonet" to name the clonal 
lineages and a method of clone designation. They didn't discuss in deep 
the relationship of this term 'clonet' with ramets or genets previously 
used in the microbiology literature.

I am not presuade to use this new term 'clonet' given that its 
relationship with previously used ones: 'ramets' and 'genets' should be 
stablished before decide to use it, however the analysis of the problem and 
the suggested nomenclature appear appropiate. 


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