Heuristics, species, and the analysis of systematic data.
Wells T., Carruthers T., Scotland RW.
Disagreements over how to define species potentially render them incomparable, yet biologists routinely count and compare species. This 'species problem' persists despite the wealth of data and methods available to contemporary systematists. A heuristic approach to species provides a consistent yet flexible means of selecting, assessing, and integrating different biological data.