Science  25 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5717, pp. 1847e
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5717.1847e

How many species of corn snakes are slithering around the United States? Were any new kinds of salamanders discovered last year? Catch up on the latest developments in reptile and amphibian taxonomy at the Center for North American Herpetology, headed by Joseph Collins of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. There you can check the standard scientific and common names for 596 species of reptiles and amphibians—including the two species of corn snakes, one of which scientists recognized only in 2002, and the striking gray-banded king snake (Lampropeltis alterna) of Texas and Mexico. The site announces newly described species and records classification and nomenclature updates for existing ones.

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