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also called race, a genetically distinct geographical subunit of a speciesspecies,
in biology, a category of classification, the original and still the basic unit in the demarcation of plant and animal types. The species marks the boundary between populations of organisms rather than between individuals.
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in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was to organize the vast number of known plants and animals into categories that could be named, remembered, and
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a taxonomic category of animals and plants below a species. A subspecies is a group of geographically or, less frequently, ecologically or geochronologically isolated populations of a species, in which all or the majority of individuals differ in one or more morphological characters from individuals of other populations of the same species.

The name of a subspecies is formed by adding a third word, or epithet, to the species name. For example, the Middle Asian fox Vulpes vulpes flavescens is a subspecies of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes). In botany and, sometimes, zoology, subsp. or ssp. is written between the species name and the name of the subspecies.

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A geographically defined grouping of local populations which differs taxonomically from similar subdivisions of species.
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Hybrids between Western Banded Killifish and Eastern Banded Killifish exhibit a similar intermediate pattern elsewhere (Shapiro, 1947, in Hubbs and Lagler, 1947; April and Turgeon, 2006; Hernandez Chavez and Turgeon, 2007); therefore, we are tentatively identifying the recent Calumet individuals as hybrids between the Western and Eastern subspecies. Specimens collected in the Calumet Region prior to 1937 had 39-44 lateral row scales with a mean of 42 (n = 23).
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The researchers compared these with genetic sequences drawn from other lions living in Asia, and across other parts of Africa, and then worked out how the different subspecies of lion evolved.
This is a subspecies of widely distributed Grey Wolf that can attain a maximum size of 79 kilogramme.
Khan, who has been living in the UAE for 30 years, disputed the picture of the animal published along with the report saying that it "is surely not an Arabian Wolf but an oversized or overgrown Arabian Fox -- a subspecies of the widely distributed Red Fox."
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