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Posted by Kenny Wray on October 30, 2002 at 13:25:17:
In Reply to: Because... posted by WW on October 30, 2002 at 12:38:28:
I needed not your explanation on why everyone was upset. I have read several of your papers and seen discussions on this and other forums as to your opinions on this matter (many of which I share). I actually "used" this post to draw you and others into an example of the debate from below. I have a friend who spent time over seas in Indonesia collecting and preserving and visiting many museums, in some very troublesome areas just to come back and work 6 months straight on the data to describe a new species of monitor. Once he finished with the countless reviews of his manuscript and had it sent off to the editor, the same species was published in Reptiles Magazine from some pet trade specimens. Although a valid species, the description was vague at best and the type was from an uncertain origin. It sucks. I also hate to see the time spent on elevating insular forms and description of races (even though I am a proponent of subspecies). But, what are you going to do?