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Posted by Wulf Schleip on March 03, 2002 at 22:52:30:
In Reply to: White-lipped Python query posted by Will Schmidt on March 03, 2002 at 21:45:10:
that's what I asked myself, too. McDowell (1975) lumped them together and even Kluge (1992) didn't serperate them...
Well Ray Hoser did the job in 2000 and made him a seperate species. The golden and the brown one should be subsp. nov.
As I understand the new taxa do not agree with the ICZN rules so that the do not seem to be valid or at least need to be discussed. Most of the information given be Ray are taken from McDowell anyway.
If you'd like to read the paper, please look at :
http://www.smuggled.com/pytrev1.htm or the whole as PDF file http://www.smuggled.com/pytrsm1.pdf.
But I guess someone else will have a closer look at the Leiopython "complex" soon and will come up with new taxa on them.
: Why is it that no one has gone and formally named the
: black species of white-lipped pythons L. albertisi
: from southern PNG
: as it's obvious to even a lay person that they are different
: to the nominate brown form from elsewhere?
: And/or is anyone working on naming them?