Invasive neo-species and how to name them

Montesinos, Daniel (2024) Invasive neo-species and how to name them. Taxon, 73 (1). pp. 6-12.

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Range-expansion and speciation are not new to life on Earth, but they have been scarcely observed contemporarily and, likely, never over several continents simultaneously. Evidence of incipient reproductive isolation between native and non-native regions of some invasive alien species indicates that invasive speciation is closer than we expected. Some neo-allopatric populations are likely to qualify as distinguishable subspecies already. Given their trajectory, whether they will become new species is not an if, but a when. I present two decision tables to help to (1) assess the coining of new invasive species or subspecies with the current taxonomical approach or (2), introduce the term “neo” to name invasive neo-species resulting from synchronous allopatric speciation from a single, known, living ancestor. This later case can be exemplified with the hypothetical case: “Gingko biloba neo americana”, “G. biloba neo europea”, etc.

Item ID: 77779
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1996-8175
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Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2023 00:25
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3199 Other biological sciences > 319902 Global change biology @ 30%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310412 Speciation and extinction @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4102 Ecological applications > 410202 Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology @ 30%
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