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Posted by kerry on January 07, 2002 at 16:18:31:
In Reply to: Purity posted by Craig on January 06, 2002 at 22:51:53:
......as described by Bogert/Del Campo is about to be shown invalid. There is some forensic difference(having NOTHING to do with pattern morphology) seen in the specimens from the extreme northern end of their range when compared to specimens from the extreme southern end, but it is unclear as to wether it will be enough to warrant sub-specific recognition. I, personally, have seen dozens of lizards from both parts of the range(both wild and preserved) that do not fit existing "key" defining the subspecies, sometimes to the opposite extreme.
In other words, it is the same lizard through out its entire range, pattern morphology being of no consequence.
I'm sorry, but these are the cold, hard, SCIENTIFIC facts.