Glossary Term: Superspecies

1. Definition pending.
2. A group of entirely or essentially allopatric taxa that were once races of a single species but which now have achieved species status. The species comprising a superspecies have usually been called “semispecies.” Superspecies are especially interesting because they represent a “snapshot” of the process of speciation — evolution caught in the act, as it were. There is no sharp dividing line between very well-differentiated subspecies and members of a superspecies, so designation of superspecies is usually tentative and sometimes controversial. In regions where their mapped ranges approach one another, it is important to look for evidence of members of a superspecies occurring together (being partially “sympatric” as opposed to allopatric).

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