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Bedbug hybridization and the recognition concept of species: the weakness of defining species in terms of isolated gene pools



Bedbug hybridization and the recognition concept of species: the weakness of defining species in terms of isolated gene pools



South African Journal of Science 88(1): 10-11



Interspecific mating of 2 bedbug taxa, Cimex lectularius and C. hemipterus is suggested by D.J. Brothers and K. Newberry (South African Journal of Science, 87: 176-177 (1991)) to seriously question whether these insects should continue to be regarded as separate species or merely as populations of a single species. In this article, the arguments put forward by Brothers and Newberry are discussed and the Recognition Concept (RC) of species identification is promoted.

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