[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Roger Miller writes:
<snip>> Isn't a hybrid between two species *supposed* to be sterile? I
> that is the classical definition of species, so the "loss" of a species
> through cross-breeding has always meant to me that the taxonomists'
> definition of the species was incorrect to start with.
Sterile drossbreeding is an "indicator" of species separation. It is not the
only standard, nor is it a necessity. A prime example is the genus
xiphophorus. Swordtails, platies, and variatus are significantly different
in the wild, and will not crossbreed given the option. This makes them
separate species, because the taxonomic differences are great enough. But
the plethora of colors seen in LFS tanks are the result of cross-breeding
experiments and selective re-crossing. If you want a pure swordtail today,
you almost have to go down to Central America and get your own. The same is
true with mollies.
Cichlid Trader List Administrator º o