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Antaresia maculosa (PETERS, 1873)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Spotted Python, Eastern Small-blotched Python, Eastern Childrens Python
G: Gefleckter Zwergpython 
SynonymLiasis maculosus PETERS 1873: 608
Antaresia maculosus - KLUGE 1993
Liasis maculosus — SHINE 1994
Antaresia maculosa — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 162
Antaresia maculosus — COGGER 2000: 606
Antaresia maculosa brentonoloughlini HOSER 2003
Antaresia maculosa — HASSELBERG 2004
Antaresia maculosus — GREER 2006 (online)
Antaresia maculosa — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Antaresia maculosa — WALLACH et al. 2014: 45 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, E Queensland), S Papua New Guinea

Type locality: “Rockhampton, Port Mackay, Port Bowen” [Queensland] Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 5860, 5948, 7513
Holotype: AM R16772 [brentonoloughlini] 
CommentHoser (2004) separated brentonoloughlini from the nominate subspecies “by its greater preponderance of light colouration relative to dark blotches on the dorsal surface” (Hoser 2004), stating that the nominate form would “have roughly half to half (50:50) dark versus light blothes” whereas the ratio in this taxon “is generally at least 60% light colour to 40% or less darker blotches” (Hoser 2004), and by larger average size. Type locality: 16 km east of Coen, Queensland, Australia. 
References
  • Barker, Dave;Barker, Tracy 1995. The southern stars of Australia: Australia's small pythons. Vivarium 6 (4): 30-35
  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
  • Cogger, H.G. 2000. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • Franz, V. 2003. Pythons of the World. Reptilia (GB) (27): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • Hasselberg, D. 2004. Gefleckter Zwergpython, Antaresia maculosa (PETERS 1873). Reptilia (Münster) 9 (49): 79-81 - get paper here
  • Hoser, R. 2003. A reclassification of the pythoninae including the descriptions of two new genera, two new species and nine new subspecies. Part I. [see also part II.]. Crocodilian 4 (3) (November 2003): 31-37 - get paper here
  • Hoser, R. 2003. Five new pythons. Macarthur Herpetological Society Newsletter, 40: 4-9. - get paper here
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • O’Shea M.; Sprackland, R.G. & Bibilale, I.H. 2004. First record for the genus Antaresia (Squamata: Pythonidae) from Papua New Guinea. Herpetological Review 35 (3): 225-227 - get paper here
  • Peters, Wilhem Carl Hartwig 1873. Über eine neue Schildkrötenart, Cinosternon effeldtii und einige andere neue oder weniger bekannte Amphibien. Monatsber. königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin. 1873 (October): 603-618 - get paper here
  • Schleip, Wulf D & O’Shea, M. 2010. Annotated checklist of the recent and extinct pythons (Serpentes, Pythonidae), with notes on nomenclature, taxonomy, and distribution. ZooKeys 66 (2010) : 29-79 - get paper here
  • Shine, Richard 1994. Sexual size dimorphism in snakes revisited. Copeia 1994 (2): 326-346 - get paper here
  • Smith L A 1985. A revision of the Liasis childreni species-group (Serpentes: Boidae). Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 12 (3): 257-276 - get paper here
  • Wilson, S. & Swan, G. 2010. A complete guide to reptiles of Australia, 3rd ed. Chatswood: New Holland, 558 pp.
  • Winchell, S. 2009. Pythons Australiens. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (79): 16-27 - get paper here
 
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