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Posted by Derek K. on April 29, 2002 at 22:55:47:
In Reply to: Re: Hmmmm, posted by Scott Eipper on April 29, 2002 at 04:53:26:
Another prime example of an in-appropriate common name! I could never figure out how Pseudechis australis, (Mulga or the King Brown), was assigned to the genus Pseudechis, Australian "Black" Snakes". I realize there are many variations in color, light brown, dark brown, copperish red, Olive Blackish and Blackish Olive, ect. Where does one draw a line between black and brown in this case scenario.
: I went a searching for you
: ..... pg 77 of Mirtschin's 82 version of Dangerous Snakes of Australia..for the pic.
: The names Lesser Black Whip was for Demansia (atra) vesigiata and the greater Black Whip was for D. papuanus. They came from Harald Ehmann's the Encyclopedia of Australian Animals - Reptiles pub in 92 by Angus and Robertson. (Incidently a great book..more general info than Cogger and more pics.) Ehmann gave everything a common name in that book!