• Implications of different species concepts for conserving biodiversity

      Frankham, Richard; Ballou, Jonathan D.; Dudash, Michele R.; Eldridge, Mark D.B.; Fenster, Charles B.; Lacy, Robert C.; Mendelson, Joseph R.; Porton, Ingrid J.; Ralls, Katherine; Ryder, Oliver A. (2012)
      The ~26 definitions of species often yield different numbers of species and disparate groupings, with financial, legal, biological and conservation implications. Using conservation genetic considerations, we demonstrate that different species concepts have a critical bearing on our ability to conserve species.... Consequently, we conclude that the diagnostic phylogenetic species concept is unsuitable for use in conservation contexts, especially for classifying allopatric populations.