In Reply to: Good Q.... posted by WW on October 17, 2002 at 12:12:45:
: but the alternative is not as firmly grounded as one might like - what do we call the blasted things???
how 'bout stay conservative and use Elaphe obsoleta, not worry about "subspecies" (which most systematists don't, anyway) and with the consensus of systematists not accepting the name change, force burbink, et al to provide better data. i just don't see any logic behind using an obviously "bad" name for a period of time until someone else comes along and changes it back.