Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Evolution through Genetic Exchange$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Michael L. Arnold

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199229031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199229031.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 26 January 2021

The role of species concepts

The role of species concepts

(p.23) Chapter 2 The role of species concepts
Evolution through Genetic Exchange

Michael L. Arnold

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the topic of species concepts and the study of genetic exchange. It uses only four (biological, phylogenetic, cohesion, and prokaryotic) of the many definitions to illustrate how our concept of (i) what a species is and (ii) how it originates influences what evolutionary importance (or lack there of) we ascribe to genetic exchange. The chapter concludes by suggesting how we might use species concepts — often the bane of evolutionists interested in gene exchange — to afford a clearer understanding of the importance of natural hybridization and lateral gene transfer.

Keywords:   genetic exchange, biological species concept, phylogenetic species, cohesion species, prokaryotic species, natural hybridization, lateral gene transfer

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .