- Dec 19, 2015
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I was showing a friend some images of fire salamanders and received the comment along the lines of, "a pigeon's a pigeon's a pigeon." What can I say? I wasn't even going to go there! Comparing Alfredschmidti with Orientalis is pretty straight forward but what about fastuosa with bernardezi? Maybe I have it wrong and a pigeon is a pigeon is a pigeon when it comes to these two subspecies. Then I find this reference. Admittedly it's from an old book but it exemplifies the issue. I know the whole issue of subspecies is complex, compounded by our need to put everything into a convenient box, even if there isn't one. Just look at the variation seen in gigliolli.