Fw: [Annelida] Hirudo species confusion in the news

Kirk Fitzhugh via annelida%40net.bio.net (by kfitzhugh from nhm.org)
Wed Apr 11 22:51:23 EST 2007

What I referred to were two issues: (1) the scientifically questionable tactic of ‘barcoding,’ to which the authors speak, not just as a keyword, especially when all of us do not agree on what we mean by the term ‘species’ and the matter of following the requirement of total evidence; and (2) it appeared that additional characters, not just pigmentation, are known yet were not considered in the analysis: ‘Amino acid sequences from these short peptides are substantially different between closely related species (Kim & Kang 1998) and even among paralogues of this serine protease family within a species (Moser et al.1998).’ While there might be no internal anatomical distinctions, there are also no other characters to be considered outside of nucleotides? I interpreted statements in the paper to suggest the contrary.

J. Kirk Fitzhugh, Ph.D.
Curator of Polychaetes
Invertebrate Zoology Section
Research & Collections Branch
Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
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Los Angeles CA 90007

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