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How should we treat autopolyploid and parthenogenetic animals taxonomically?

Faculty of Biosciences, University of Heidelberg, Im Neuenheimer Feld 234, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
Crustacea asexual animals marbled crayfish parthenogenesis polyploidy taxonomy uniparental species


Asexually reproducing and polyploid animals are unresolved problems of taxonomy and nomenclature. The present paper discusses this issue from a theoretical perspective and outlines how the problem was treated in the past. The autotriploid, obligately parthenogenetic marbled crayfish is used as an example to elaborate the conditions under which autopolyploids and parthenogens should be described as separate uniparental species.



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