Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Subspecies

Subdivision of a species (first used by Schlegel, 1844), usually narrowly defined as a geographical race; a population or series of populations occupying a discrete range and differing genetically from other geographical races of the same species; discrete populations for which between-population variation is high relative to within-population variation.

Cf. semispecies. Abbreviated ssp., subsp.

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