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pheneticphänetisch (ger.)

  • Designating or relating to the classification of organisms on the basis of their observed similarities and differences (often assessed in numerical terms), without reference to functional significance or evolutionary relationships; relating to or characteristic of phenetics. (OED 2011)

    Following a suggestion made by Mr. H. K. Pusey, we shall refer to the arrangement by overall similarity, based on all available characters without any weighting as phenetic, since it employs all observable characters (including of course genetic data when available).

    Cain, A.J. & Harrison, G.A. (1960). Phyletic weighting. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond. 135, 1-31: 3.


    phenetic Pertaining to overall similarity based on many characters selected without regard to evolutionary history, and thus including character states arising from common ancestry (patristic affinity), parallel evolution and convergent evolution.

    Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A. & Clark, P.F. (1982). A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics: 187.