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The Concept of Species With Constant Reference to Killer Whales

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dc.contributor.author Wheeler, Thomas
dc.date.accessioned 2014-07-23T18:05:51Z
dc.date.available 2014-07-23T18:05:51Z
dc.date.issued 2014-07
dc.identifier.citation 4 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169 (Online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1363
dc.description Volume 4, Issue 1, July 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Abstract: Watson recognized 182 species, Babington 251, and Bentham only 112. Over 150 years since Darwin’s time, scientists continue to debate what constitutes a species. But while this uncertainty remains unchanged, the law has: the United States has committed to protect individual (endangered) species. What was once merely an academic dispute now carries legal weight under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): recognition of a species can trigger significant economic consequences and non-recognition can doom a species to extinction. This comment examines the scientific roots of taxonomic uncertainty, the legal landscape of the ESA, and the potential unforeseen consequences of the relationship between the two. To aid in this examination, this comment highlights the taxonomic uncertainty related to the killer whales of the Eastern North Pacific and the legal fight over their taxonomic status. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Comment en_US
dc.title The Concept of Species With Constant Reference to Killer Whales en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2014 by Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US

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