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Species vs Subspecies

Postby mcdull1016 » Mon Jul 18, 2005 9:40 pm

What is the difference between species and subspecies??
Any examples for both of them??

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Postby Dr.Stein » Tue Jul 19, 2005 1:21 am

Subspecies, or varietas in plant taxonomy, is a minor category below the species; that's the meaning of "sub".
For example:
Species: Gallus gallus (chicken)
Subspecies: Gallus gallus bankiva (domestic chicken), Gallus gallus varius (wild chicken)

Species: Oryza sativa (rice)
Subspecies: Oryza sativa sativa (white Asian rice), Oryza sativa var. glutinosa (glutinous rice)
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Postby MrMistery » Tue Jul 19, 2005 8:07 pm

Not only in plant biosystematics
Species: Cannis lupus(grey wolf)
Subspecies: Cannis lupus familiaris(dog)
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Postby James » Tue Jul 19, 2005 9:33 pm

How do we class dog breeds in taxonomy?
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Postby Silverbackman » Thu Jul 21, 2005 5:35 pm

James wrote:How do we class dog breeds in taxonomy?


Dog breeds are classified as in the same subspecies. Domestic dogs are sort of like humans in a sense. Like humans, dogs can have very different appearances however also like humans each different breed (also called race) has no genetic difference, meaning each breed of dog or race or human are not subspecies as many thought before.

It all comes down to genetics when it comes to species and subspecies. "Race" or "Breed" are more or less term used further on classification beyond subpecies, but usally these are based only on superficial classification.
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Postby Dr.Stein » Fri Jul 22, 2005 5:26 am

MrMistery wrote:Not only in plant biosystematics

Oh you should read more carefully, Andrew ;)
What I mean is in plant systematics the term 'subspecies' refers to 'varietas' :)
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Jul 22, 2005 9:39 pm

Sorry... It was midnight when i posted that
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Postby Dr.Stein » Sun Jul 24, 2005 8:43 am

Hehe :lol: Maybe you read in darkness as well? :P
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