Brent D. Mishler
March 15, 2018
by CRC Press
Reference - 400 Pages - 30 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498714549 - CAT# K25297
Series: Species and Systematics
This book is an extended argument for abandoning the various single concepts and the "species" rank. The author proposes that the rank of "species" be replaced by a pluralistic view. In such taxonomy, the smallest identifiable lineages would be used within various divergent phylogenies in a context dependent manner. In such a view, "species" represents different sorts of things depending on the organism/lineage being considered. In practice, this is what is already done although it is not formally recognized.
Introduction. History and Background of Species Concepts. The Author's Personal History of Grappling with Species Concepts Over a 30-Year Period. What Should the Species Level Represent Within the Current Ranked Codes of Nomenclature, Botanical, Zoological and Bacterial? The Need for Pluralism Because of Different Biologies in Different Taxa. a Phylogenetic Species Concept. What Should Happen to Taxa at the Traditional Species Level Under a Rankless Code of Nomenclature? General Principles of Rankless Classification. Getting Rid of the Species Rank. What Would the World Be Like Without the Species Rank? Practical Issues: Conservation, Inventories and Field Guides. Scientific Issues: How to Proceed in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology? Philosophical Issues: What Evolves? What Interacts in an Ecosystem? Who Are the Actors in the "Ecological Theater and the Evolutionary Play?"