Talk:Species complex

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Merger proposal[edit]

Species complex and "species group" are often used interchangeably, as for example in Jinzhong FuCameron J. WeadickXiaomao ZengYuezhao WangZhijun LiuYuchi ZhengCheng LiYing Hu (2005). "Phylogeographic analysis of the Bufo gargarizans species complex: A revisit". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37 (1): 202–213. , the full text of which shows both words used throughout with no distinction between the meanings. I believe this is generally the case, although some authors prefer one term to the other, and there seems to be a tendency to use "species complex" for situations that are better understood (and have been shown to be complex). Sminthopsis84 (talk) 16:59, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

There appears to be a separate meaning for "species group" in Zoological Nomenclature, which is discussed at International_Code_of_Zoological_Nomenclature#Principle_of_Coordination, and is quite different from the species complex meaning. Sminthopsis84 (talk) 20:56, 2 March 2014 (UTC)