coenospecies


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coenospecies

(ˌsiːnəʊˈspiːʃiːz)
n
(Biology) a collection of related species able to hybridize
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Their so-called "gene pool classification" recognizes: (a) a "primary genepool," based on the crop and wild populations (whether or not recognized as different species) that interbreed readily with it (Harlan and de Wet characterized their primary gene pool as equivalent to the traditional biological species concept); (b) a "secondary genepool," made up of populations that can interbreed with the crop but only with some difficulty; and (c) a "tertiary genepool," made up of populations that can interbreed with the crop but only with considerable difficulty (this group is the equivalent of a "coenospecies" in the terminology of Clausen (Clausen et al., 1948)).
Gomez-Campo (ed.) Biology of brassica coenospecies. Elsevier Science BV, Amsterdam.