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Character

  • Definition: A component of phenotype (including specific molecular, morphological, behavioral, or other features) used by systematists to diagnose species or higher taxa or to evaluate phylogenetic relationships among different species or higher taxa, or relationships among populations within a species.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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