13 March 2007

New species of taipan found

The Australian reports that researchers have found a new species of taipan in the outback central deserts about 200km north west of Uluru/Ayers Rock. A report of their findings, which non-specialists may find heavy going, is here.

Of the other two species one is commonly known as the inland or western taipan , the other as the coastal taipan. For more information about them from another source see
here. I hadn't realised that both species have a wide distribution across many areas which I've visited (and camped out in).

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