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Also called numerical taxonomy, Phenetics is a school of taxonomy that classifies organisms on the basis of overall morphological or genetic similarity.  This mainly involves observable similarities and differences irrespective of whether or not the organisms are related   It involves grouping types together in clusters; types with many close relatives would be in a cluster   Unlike cladistics no attempt is made to distinguish between primitive (plesiomorphic) from specialised (derived) characteristics.

A sort of rival to cladistics, Phenetics is pretty much out of fashion nowadays.


external link Phenetic Taxonomy


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page uploaded 21 November 1998
modified 27 November