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Antaresia perthensis (STULL, 1932)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pygmy Python
G: Perth-Zwergpython 
SynonymLiasis childreni perthensis STULL 1932: 26
Liasis perthensis — MITCHELL 1965: 306
Bothrochilus perthensis — HOSER 1994
Morelia perthensis — WELCH 1994
Antaresia perthensis — KLUGE 1993
Antaresia perthensis — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 163
Antaresia perthensis — COGGER 2000: 608
Rawlingspython perthensis — HOSER 2009
Antaresia perthensis — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Antaresia perthensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 45
Antaresia perthensis — ESQUERRÉ et al. 2021 
DistributionAustralia (Pilbara region, and adjacent rocky areas, Western Australia)

Type locality: Perth, WA, Australia  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 24426 
CommentSynonymy: Kaiser et al. 2013 considered the generic name Rawlingspython Hoser 2009 invalid and rejected its use instead of Antaresia.

Distribution: see Esquerré et al. 2021 for maps of both morphologically and genetically defined populations. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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