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Posted by serpentdude on March 18, 2003 at 11:02:14:
In Reply to: Re: The can of worms you're opening>>> posted by Roy Stockwell on March 18, 2003 at 00:59:11:
I think Roy indicated the state of Rosy boa nomenclature pretty well. One thing that I think is important to teach the kids, particularly if they want to get serious about science, is understanding synonymy. Taxonomists rarely agree on names for plants, animals, etc. (if they didn't give things new names they'd never get their names published!!!). Consequently even with scientific names you sometimes have to learn that a given species may have several names, whether genus and/or species. Most people in the snake hobby/business know that if you mention Charina or Lichanura it refers to Rosy boas. Both are correct, but one (Lichanura) is more current that the other. If you think sorting out scientific names for snakes is maddening try plant species...some of those can really drive you nuts!!!