Race (biology)

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This article is about the biological taxonomy term. For the sociological concept, see Race and society. For the anthropological term, see Race (human classification). For the technique in molecular biology, see Rapid amplification of cDNA ends.

In biological classification, a race is an informal taxonomic rank, below the level of a species.

Race vs. subspecies[edit]

If the races are sufficiently different or if they have been tested to show little genetic connection regardless of phenotype, two or more groups/races can be identified as subspecies or another infraspecific rank, and given a name. According to Ernst W. Mayr, "a subspecies is a geographic race that is sufficiently different taxonomically to be worthy of a separate name."[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ernst Mayr (1970). Populations, Species, and Evolution: An Abridgment of Animal Species and Evolution. Cambridge, Mass: Belknap Press. ISBN 0-674-69013-3. 
  2. ^ Ernst Mayr. The Biology of Race and the Concept of Equality. Daedalus, Winter 2002, pp.89-94.