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Hmmm... (kind of a rant)

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Posted by: KevinM at Sat Oct 24 10:36:40 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

Makes you wonder!! Thats the problem (IMHO)buying WC stock from dealers. They sell their animals as what they bought them as. If a dealer buys "golden" uros, he or she sells to you "golden" uros. I suspect most animals from the same shipment are "pure" with respect to each other. But with funky export laws, etc., they may not have been actually exported from the country of origin captured from, or labled as anything that could indicate they came from a certain country of origin. The "goldens" (dispar dispar)could be malis (dispar mali) captured from a country that bans uro export. Still, business must go on, so the animals are captured in Mali (ie, they are dispar mali), smuggled to a "friendly" country, and sold as "goldens" (indicating they are dispar dispar). I think buying captive bred from reputable breeders who know their taxonomy will help you ensure you are getting what you paid for (actual dispar mali or dispar dispar). Also, most geographically separated subspecies are so similar that they get lumped together after awhile and no longer recognized as being subspecies. Just geographical color variations with no evidence they are actually separate subspecies. Could this be the fate of dispar subspecies?


   

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