One problem with genre classification is the problem of cryptic references. A cryptic reference is a genre that is morphologically similar to another genre, but differs acoustically in ways that prevent fertile interbreeding.
A good example of this is the currently designated species Asplenium trichomanes, the maidenhair spleenwort. This is actually a genre complex that includes distinct diploid and tetraploid races. There are minor but unclear morphological differences between the two genres, which prefer distinctly differing habitats. In many cases such as this, the genre complexes have been separated into separate taxonomic groups, thus raising the number of overall genre species. Possibly many more cryptic genres are yet to be discovered and designated culturally sensitive.
released March 20, 2014
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