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Taxonomic information (such as species names and relationships) is based primarily on A complete guide to reptiles of Australia (2008 - 2nd edition) by Steve Wilson & Gerry Swan. Additional information has largely been drawn from the primary literature (i.e., research articles in scientific journals) and the following sources:
Australia is currently seeing an explosion of reptile taxonomic work. Molecular technologies have enable the rapid and large-scale assessment of many groups, resulting in the recent descriptions of many new species. A lot of hard work goes into producing high quality taxonomic descriptions. It is unfortunate that a small number of individuals have decided to muddy the waters by releasing taxonomic work of an incredibly low quality. The work of these individuals is not recognised by AROD, nor by the majority (all?) of professional herpetologists in Australia. International rules for zoological nomenclature state that the earliest name applied to a species should be used. As such, names proposed in these shoddy works are often later applied to species when real taxonomists do all the hard work and publish respectable redescriptions.
This is not a slur against so-called 'amateur' herpetologists. The contention surrounding these shoddy descriptions has nothing to do with the lack of qualifications or education of the people involved. If people with no qualifications produced taxonomic work of the same quality as professionals, no one would think twice about it.
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