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Of, relating to, or designating a system of classification of organisms based on analysis of a large number of quantifiable character traits, without consideration of evolutionary relationships.

phe·net′i·cal·ly adv.


(fɪˈnɛt ɪk)

pertaining to or based on the observable similarities and differences between organisms without regard to assumed genealogy.
[1960; phen- (extracted from phenotype, or directly from Greek phaínein to show; compare pheno-) + -etic]
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Phenetic phylogenetics of tentaculitoids--extinct problematic calcareous tube-forming organisms.
This approach has led to a phenetic or numerical approach based on the concept that the kinship relationship between living things is based on the number of degrees of equations that exist.
Genetic differentiation and phenetic relatedness among seven species of the Macrozamia plurinervia complex (Zamiaceae).
Phenetic variation and habitat differences in Gasterosteus populations of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
In our opinion the combined results of phenetic characters, biochemical characters and 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity sufficient for assuming isolate NPP1 taxonomic identity as Bacillus circulans.
An estimation of phenetic relationships among populations was obtained by generating a phenogram of all samples by means of the unweighted pair-group method with arithmetic averaging (UPGMA) based on the matrix of Nei's unbiased genetic distances (Sneath & Sokal 1973).
9 does not guarantee that the dendrogram is able to synthesize the phenetic relationship of individuals.
Geographic phenetic variation in the golden apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata (Ampullariidae) based on geometric approaches to morphometrics.
Phenetic relationship and identification of subtribe Oncidiinae genotypes by random amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) markers," Sciencia Horticulturae, 96: 303-312 (2002)