The definition works, but has several issues:
species that cannot interbreed but have very similar appearance. It makes them difficult to identify as being different.
species that, although morphologically very different, can still interbreed. Plant species in particular can reproduce to form hybrids of two species.
Asexually reproducing species
when organisms reproduce asexually, there is never any interbreeding, the definition does not readily apply.
without living organisms available, it is impossible to determine from morphology whether interbreeding could occur.
Describe three examples of barriers between gene pools Geographical isolation
Migration can lead to geographical isolation of populations. This is a barrier between gene pools that can cause two distinct species to develop. It is a form of allopatric speciation.
frequently due to polyploidy. Species with different numbers of chromosome sets will have offspring that is sterile.
organisms may reach sexual maturity at different times. Although they exist in the same geographical area as other organisms, they have a temporal barrier between gene pools and cannot interbreed.
very similar to temporal isolation, as behaviour generally affects whether species are available for breeding at the same time. For example, species that hibernate or undergo metamorphosis may emerge for reproducing at different times.