British Wildlife 12.2 December 2000

Wild trout in the British Isles – their variety and conservation

During the 19th century, taxonomic 'splitters' separated the native trout of the British Isles and mainland Europe into many 'species', often on the most trivial grounds. However, it is important to remember that, following the lead given by Charles Darwin in looking for evidence of species evolution through differences in closely related forms, the practice of splitting had been in vogue in all popular animal and plant groups.

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