Aspidites melanocephalus (KREFFT, 1864)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Aspidites melanocephalus?
|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Black-headed Python|
|Synonym||Aspidiotes melanocephalus KREFFT 1864: 225|
Aspidites [melanocephalus] PETERS 1876 (nomen novum pro Aspidiotes)
Aspidites melanocephalus — BOULENGER 1893: 91
Aspidites melanocephalus — STIMSON 1969
Aspidites melanocephalus — KLUGE 1993
Aspidites melanocephalus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 164
Aspidites melanocephalus — COGGER 2000: 601
Aspidites melanocephalus adelynensis HOSER 2001
Aspidites melanocephalus davieii HOSER 2001
Aspidites melanocephalus rickjonesii HOSER 2009
Aspidites melanocephalus — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Aspidites melanocephalus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Aspidites melanocephalus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 57
|Distribution||Australia (North Territory, Queensland, West Australia)|
Type locality: Bowen (for Port Denison), Queensland, Australia
adelynensis: Australia (Western Australia); Type locality: Wyndham, Western Australia.
davieii: Australia (Western Australia). Type locality: Tom Price, Western Australia. Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 1918.104.22.168|
Holotype: WAM R51208 [adelynensis]
Holotype: WAM R46170 [davieii]
|Comment||Type species: Aspidiotes melanocephalus KREFFT 1864 is the type species of the genus Aspidites PETERS 1876 : 533, 914. Aspidiotes is preoccupied by Aspidiotes BOUCHÉ 1844 (Hemiptera) and Aspidiotes SCHOENHERR 1847 (Coleoptera).|
Synonymy: note that KAISER et al. rejected the names coined by HOSER.
Subspecies: Hoser’s subspecies should be treated as questionable as they are not well diagnosed, partly only based on distribution. Hoser’s subspecies are often named after friends, relatives or other popular figures. Hoser (2000) provided the same erroneous accession number for the holotype as was already provided by Smith (1985) in his original description; WAM R51208 is the number for a skink, Eremiascincus isolepis (fide Mecke et al. 2009). Hoser (2009) had also designated the same holotype and paratypes for rickjonesii as for A. m. davieii. The former name is thus not available.