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Posted by Marty on January 18, 2002 at 12:52:58:
In Reply to: Re: Exasperatum, or Horridum? posted by HerpNut on January 18, 2002 at 03:22:42:
"When are you guys going to realize that A Sub-species is not about pattern or color???"
Except, that in many cases subspecies were and have been described based soley in those characters. You have to look no further than H.s.suspectum and H.s.cinctum for an example.
"A sub-species it is not a sub-species just because it looks different. Or because it inhabits a certain locale."
True, because subspecies will not follow the characters used to descibe it 100% of the time. Part of what makes then subspecies and not species.
"Do you guys think that a herpetologist did DNA test to descrive H. s. cintum???"
No, cause if he did, the distrubution of H.s.cinctum would likely be very diffrent.
"What is the difference between Suspectum and Cintum???
"Is it the bands??? Or, is it the spots???"
Or an artificially contrived convienence.
Yes, please don't make it sound as if subspecies are cut and dry. If subspecies were so apparent, would there be as much taxonomic revision as there is?