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Posted by BGF on April 22, 2002 at 01:41:49:
In Reply to: Re: about homalopsinae in Colubridae posted by WW on April 12, 2002 at 06:23:23:
: : Hi folks, could you do me favor? I'm studying the phylogeny of subfamilies in Colubridae. I wanna know why homalopsinae (Genus Enhydris) belongs to Colubridae in traditional phylogeny. Is there any morphological evidence? Could anyone tell me in detail than just a reference book? I've tried but I can't find any reference book in my Univ. It's very urgent 'cause I'm going to be graduated. The information is very important. Thank you so much!
: The real reason for this is entropy: in the olden days, any advanced snake that does not have front fangs was placed into the Colubridae as a matter of routine. We now know that the "Colubridae" are an artificial assemblage, but there is no widely accepted alternative classification available at the moment. There is most probably a good case for raising the Homalopsines to the status of a full family, but this will take a lot more time and adta to sort out.