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Scientific names and Irian Jaya carpets


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Posted by Steno on March 06, 2002 at 02:23:04:

I have read every post and article on line (Hoser’s) I found about the difference between the so-called Irian Jaya carpets and the mainland (Australian) ones, but still I have not understand if it’s a merely case of “nomenclatur synonymizing (?)” or there are really different populations of pythons each different in patterns, color and distibution from the others that are likely to be referred as “variegata”, “harrisoni” or “macropsila”. It seems that the latter name is no longer used but in older pubblication as in Ross&Marzec (1990) and others, but what about tha “variegata” form that Barker&Barker (1994) describe in the Australian mainland and O’Shea (1996) refers as endemic of PNG? Like other taxa widely distribuited in the Australasian area (Liasis fuscus, the olives-group, the Amethisthina-complex and so on) I think that a sort of partition between more diverse taxa is a valid solution that takes account of the different locality/pattern evolution from the same ancestor. What do you think about it?

Cheers

Steno



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