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Posted by WW on April 15, 2002 at 11:27:52:
In Reply to: Taxonomic changes in Elaphe complex - - Any thoughts? posted by Sacha Korell on April 15, 2002 at 10:13:31:
... but one thing is for sure: the grouping of the great diversity of "rat snakes" in the traditional genus Elaphe is simply a result of inertia. The genus (like Coluber and some others) was long used as a taxonomic trashcan for anything vaguely fitting in as a "rat snake", and thus almost certainly grossly para- or polyphyletic. As such, Helfenberger's study is bound to provide very welcome evidence. Whetehr every single one of his conclusions will stand in future is of course something history will judge.