Chapter 15. Insect Species – Concepts and Practice

  1. Robert G. Foottit3 and
  2. Peter H. Adler4
  1. Michael F. Claridge1,2

Published Online: 30 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch15

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society

How to Cite

Claridge, M. F. (2009) Insect Species – Concepts and Practice, in Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society (eds R. G. Foottit and P. H. Adler), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308211.ch15

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Environmental Health National Program (Biodiversity), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, K. W. Neatby Bldg., 960 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6, Canada

  2. 4

    Department of Entomology, Soils & Plant Sciences, Clemson University, Box 340315, 114 Long Hall, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    84 The Hollies, Quakers Yard, Treharris, Wales CF46 5PP, UK

  2. 2

    School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405151429

Online ISBN: 9781444308211

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Keywords:

  • insect species – concepts and practice;
  • specific mate-recognition system (SMRS);
  • phylogenetic species concepts;
  • species concepts and speciation – a digression;
  • species, host races, and biotypes;
  • specific mate recognition and sibling species;
  • parthenogenetic insects;
  • sibling species - important ecological entities

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Early Species Concepts - Linnaeus

  • Biological Species Concepts

  • Phylogenetic Species Concepts

  • Species Concepts and Speciation - A Digression?

  • Insect Species - Practical Problems

  • Conclusions

  • References