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Posted by WW on April 16, 2002 at 03:52:24:
In Reply to: Re: I haven't seen the paper... posted by Sacha Korell on April 15, 2002 at 22:00:16:
: You would think that the absence of a gland would warrant a major distinction, but you may have noticed that this partial revision was only on the Old World species. Maybe Notker (or whoever is covering the New World species in this revision) is taking that into account.
The New World "Elaphe" are generally accepted to be part of a clade that also includes Lampropeltis, Pituophis and New World relatives - they will certainly not remain in the genus Elaphe once the dust settles.