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Actually some latin names translate direstly to common names...

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Posted by: SHvar at Sun Oct 3 21:43:54 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by SHvar ]  
   

One you named "white throated monitor" (varanus=monitor, albi=white, gularis=throat), the problem being with taxonomy to the reptile trade is not so difficult really but in the case I mentioned V.A.Microstictus how id it identified differently from a V.A.Ionidesi, they are all white throats thats simple, but what makes one subspecies different from the other, what identifies one from the other, that was the question I asked, Ive tried reading monitor books over the years (many many of them), none tell the differences that Ive ever noticed, worse yet the pictures of both are interchangeable or are misidentified. I see pics from the foremost experts on monitors showing what looks like a black and white cape banded WT that is called a microstictus, I see pictures of an all black BT that is called a microstictus, I see pics of a V. Exanthematicus that was called a microstictus, now these pics come from a range of people in captive breeding, biology and research of wild monitors, taxonomic studies, etc. So who is right and who is wrong? Obviously the pics of a bosc monitor was completely misidentified, but which is a microstictus, what does it look like, what separates it from any other albig?
That is an example I asked, how to tell them apart, still after asking at least 7 times in a few years Ive never gotten an answer. If someone were to ask whats the differences between a red or yellow ackie I can tell them in detail, but even after many years of keeping WTs, I still dont know how to tell an Ionides, from a Microstictus, an Albigularis from a Microstictus, or an Angolensis from a Microsticus. Maybe the answer is in a book and I dont remember reading it. I can look at many animals I understand less and tell them apart.


   

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