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Posted by WW on March 01, 2002 at 02:53:00:
In Reply to: WW.....please give me the insight......this stuff amazes me posted by Todd Evans on March 01, 2002 at 00:28:54:
Arnold Kluge did a study a few years ago which quite clearly showed P. reticulatus to group with other Asian/African python, not with any of the Australian Morelia/Liasis/whatever. The same applies to P. timorensis, despite its similarity to Morelia amethistina, which led Hoser to classify it with the latter.
Kluge's study was based on a wide array of morphological features, so I would suggest that his results are probably pretty robust.
Kluge, A.G. 1993. Aspidites and the phylogeny of Pythonine snakes. Records of the Australian Museum, Suppl. 19, pp. 1-77.