RE: NANFA-L-- Darter tribe

Bruce Stallsmith (
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 14:55:25 -0500

If you go with a purely cladistic approach to systematics, using either the
Phylogenetic or Evolutionary Species Concept, then anything above the
species level is meaningless and purely a human organizational artefact.
Something like "tribe" serves to describe quickly and easily a group's
relatedness. The same is true of Sub-Class, Infra-Order, etc. It all depends
on what kind of information you want to convey.

--Bruce Stallsmith
hangin' with Craniata along the Tennessee
Huntsville, AL, US of A

>Subject: NANFA-L-- Darter tribe
>Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 14:07:21 EST
>Do you agree with the placement of darters in the tribe Etheostomatini? I
>know that not all scientists agree with the concept of tribes-in-all.

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