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Bothrochilus boa (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names(Bismarck) Ringed python 
SynonymTortrix boa SCHLEGEL 1837: 129, 22
Nardoa Schlegelii GRAY 1842 (nomen substitutum pro Tortrix boa SCHLEGEL)
Bothrochilus boa — FITZINGER 1843: 24
Nardoa Schlegelii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 447
Nardoa Schlegelii — JAN 1864
Nardoa boa — BOULENGER 1893: 76
Nardoa boa — DE ROOIJ 1917: 15
Bothrochilus boa — STIMSON 1969
Morelia boa — UNDERWOOD & STIMSON 1990: 602
Bothrochilus boa — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 166
Liasis boa — RAUH 2004
Bothrochilus boa — RAWLINGS et al. 2008
Bothrochilus boa — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Bothrochilus boa — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Bothrochilus boa — WALLACH et al. 2014: 113 
DistributionBismarck Archipelago, NE New Guinea, Umboi, New Britain, Duke of York, Mioko, Gasmata, New Ireland, New Hannover, Tatau Islands, Nissan Atoll, Bougainville Island (Solomon Islands)

Type locality: New Ireland, Bismarck Archipelago 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.
TypesHolotype: MHNP 7172 
CommentType species: Tortrix boa SCHLEGEL 1837 is the type species of the genus Bothrochilus. 
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