Over 30 new snake genera!

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Over 30 new snake genera!

Postby adder » Tue May 08, 2012 2:55 am

Dear all, in accordance with the Zoological Code, I announce the recent publications of four issues of AJH issues 9-12 which combined have descriptions of about 30 new genera of snakes arising from a global audit of the advanced snakes.
All are backed by DNA evidence (M and N),
Issues can be downloaded from
Australasian Journal of Herpetology
http://www.herp.net
Included in the name changes are familiar taxa.
Also I should mention that AJH Issue 11 contains a paper on rattlesnake taxonomy with name changes (similar to the 2009 paper), with a minor addition - subgenus for polystictus.
I'll try to post some DNA stuff supporting the new arrangements here if I can in another post.
The papers also cover the USA coral snakes, now kicked out of Micrurus and non-venomous things like Garter snakes.
You'll also see from the rattlesnake phylogeny posted by myself elsewhere, the need to have the taxon ravus in a new genus, namely Piersonus.
Note also the Atropides split in the image, showing a good reason why that genus was also broken up (see AJH Issue 10).
African taxa were included in the audit and there are new genera as a result.
All the best
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Re: Over 30 new snake genera!

Postby najarw » Tue May 08, 2012 2:37 pm

I have not had a chance to read all of this yet but also see ZooTaxa 2236:26-36 Van Wallach etal concerning Hoser and disputed taxa.
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Re: Over 30 new snake genera!

Postby adder » Wed May 09, 2012 1:00 am

Thanks najarw for the reference to the Van Wallach et. al. piece.
Issue 9 of AJH in it's entirety deals with that piece of fraud by these three men.
In summary you can throw Afronaja in the bin as a junior synonym of Spracklandus.
PS - They are the African spitting Cobras.
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Re: Over 30 new snake genera!

Postby Quintin » Fri May 11, 2012 3:31 pm

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/forums/s ... enera.html

Have a read before you start re-naming your snakes..
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Re: Over 30 new snake genera!

Postby najarw » Wed May 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Thanks for the link Quintin.
If Van Wallace,Wolgang Wuster and Donald Broadley are frauds then we can throw our knowledge of african snakes away.
I'll stick with the names we have and go for sub genus Afronaja 4ever
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