Glossary Term: Species Concept

In biology, a species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank. A species is often defined as a group of organisms capable of interbreeding and producing fertile offspring. While in many cases this definition is adequate, the difficulty of defining species is known as the species problem. The “species concept” is a human term and a human attempt to categorize life forms, including fungi, into finely tuned groups. However, Nature does not always display species in a consistent and definitive manner. Variations occur, environmental changes or adaptations occur, and other caveats can be seen when closely studying species of fungi.

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