What we’re reading: Sept 4, 2014

Lackadaisical Jockey
Camera traps in South Africa reveal an incredibly bizarre behavior! A genet seems to have taken a liking to riding buffalo. The first buffalo shakes the genet off, but the second buffalo doesn’t seem to mind. Scientists are puzzled by this bizarre behavior.

Species-Subspecies Boundaries
Genetics provides different delineations of species and subspecies than morphological data alone. This paper (sub) reviews how taxon level changed following genetic analysis in reptiles. Specifically, subspecies were often elevated to species following genetic investigation. The authors ask, what criteria should be applied when deciding on taxon level, which is important for conservation decisions.

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