(another) New Loris species in Borneo

  1. Vladimir Dinets 10 years ago

    Has anyone seen the original paper? Is it yet another declaration in “these subspecies should be considered full species because I need more publications in my resume” style, or do they provide nuclear DNA data to support it?

    • Scary israel 10 years ago

      I haven’t seen the paper but every article I’ve seen says the new “species” were separated (solely?) on the basis of facial markings which sounds like a stretch to me

      • Vladimir Dinets 10 years ago

        Perhaps I should publish something similar on our species. Imagine the quotation index 🙂

  2. Scary Israel 10 years ago

    the article is here. Pretty much just split on the basis of facial patterns.

    • vdinets 10 years ago

      Thanks. There is only one instance of sympatry, and the sample size is small, so we don’t know if there is any hybridization in that area. Which means that at least 3, and possibly all 4, are PSC-only species so far.
      Note, however, that the paper was mentioned by BBC, CNN, and pretty much everybody else, so most people will take it as solid science, while in fact all of the paper’s conclusions are premature in absence of nuclear DNA evidence.

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