Are Irish badgers a distinct subspecies?

I recently got the opportunity to contribute to an article with Allan McDevitt about the species status of the Eurasian badger (Meles meles) in Ireland. In this article, we examine media claims that the Irish badger warrants subspecies status. We present and examine the best available evidence to which we find no support for such claims. Check out the full story over at Ireland’s Wildlife.

Badger in New Ross, Co. Wexford, photographed by Edward Delaney

Badger in New Ross, Co. Wexford, photographed by Edward Delaney

 

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References
Byrne, A., Paddy Sleeman, D., O’Keeffe, J., & Davenport, J. (2012). The ecology of the European badger (Meles meles) in Ireland: a review Biology & Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 112 (1), 105-132 DOI: 10.3318/BIOE.2012.02
Frantz, A., McDevitt, A., Pope, L., Kochan, J et al. (2014). Revisiting the phylogeography and demography of European badgers (Meles meles) based on broad sampling, multiple markers and simulations Heredity DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2014.45
O’Meara, D., Edwards, C., Sleeman D., Cross, T et al. (2012). Genetic structure of Eurasian badgers Meles meles (Carnivora: Mustelidae) and the colonization history of Ireland Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 106 (4), 893-909 DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.01927.x
Zachos, F., Apollonio, M., Bärmann, E., Festa-Bianchet et al.  (2013). Species inflation and taxonomic artefacts—A critical comment on recent trends in mammalian classification Mammalian Biology – Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 78 (1), 1-6 DOI: 10.1016/j.mambio.2012.07.083

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