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Aspidites ramsayi (MACLEAY, 1882)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Woma Python
G: Woma-Python, Ramsays Python 
SynonymAspidiotes ramsayi MACLEAY 1882: 813
Aspidites ramsayi — BOULENGER 1893: 92
Aspidites melanocephalus ramsayi
Aspidites collaris LONGMAN 1913: 40
Aspidites ramsayi — KLUGE 1993
Aspidites ramsayi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 165
Aspidites ramsayi — COGGER 2000: 602
Aspidites ramsayi panoptes HOSER 2000
Aspidites ramsayi richardjonesi HOSER 2000
Aspidites ramsayi neildavieii HOSER 2009
Aspidites ramsayi — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Aspidites ramsayi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 57 
DistributionAustralia (Central Australia: New South Wales, North Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, West Australia)

Type locality: Fort Bourke, NSW, Australia  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: MMUS (lost, fide Cogger et al 1983 and STIMSON 1969)
Holotype: WAM 34070 [richardjonesi, neildavieii]
Holotype: WAM R43459 [panoptes] 
CommentSynonymy: 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, 2009 also designated the same type for neildavieii as for A.r.richardjonesi; Type locality: near Port Hedland, Western Australia.). A. r. panoptes is said to be from the Type locality of Burracoppin, Western Australia. The Type locality of richardjonesii is “near Port Hedland, Western Australia”. KAISER et al. rejected all names coined by HOSER in or after 2000.

Distribution appears to be the only distinguishing feature for distinguishing between Aspidites ramsayi panoptes and A.r. richardjonesii (wÜSTER et al. 2001). 
References
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  • Cogger, H. G. 2014. Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 7th ed. CSIRO Publishing, xxx + 1033 pp.
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  • Hoser, R. 2009. Creationism and contrived science: a review of recent python systematics papers and the resolution of issues of taxonomy and nomenclature. Australasian Journal of Herpetology 2: 1-34 - get paper here
  • Hoser, Raymond 2000. A Revision of the Australasian pythons. Ophidia Review 1: 7-27
  • 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
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1993. Aspidites and the phylogeny of Pythonine snakes. Rec. Austral. Mus. (Supplement 19): 1-77 - get paper here
  • Longman, H.A. 1913. Herpetological Notes. Part I. Systematic. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum Brisbane, 2: 39-45
  • Macleay, W. 1882. Description of two new species of snakes. Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, Sydney, 6: 811-813 - get paper here
  • Maryan, B. 2002. Status of the Woma, Aspidites ramsayi, in south-west Western Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 23: 167-172
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
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