Bothrochilus huonensis (SCHLEIP, 2008)
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|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Huon Peninsula whitelip python|
|Synonym||Leiopython huonensis SCHLEIP 2008|
Bothrochilus huonensis — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Leiopython huonensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 366
Leiopython huonensis — BARKER et al. 2015
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: about 16 km west of Lae Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: AMNH R-95535, adult female, collected by L. van Royen in 1964. Labeled: ‘‘Gift to H. M. van Deusen’’; SVL 940 mm; tail 155 mm; head 37 mm.|
|Comment||Diagnosis.—This species differs from Leiopy- thon albertisii, Leiopython biakensis, and Leiopy- thon fredparkeri in having only one pair of parie- tals followed by small, irregular scales (Fig. 2C, 6I). It can be distinguished from Leiopython bennettorum by the lower number of loreal and prefrontal scales as well as a lower average number of postoculars (KW-test: x21 5 3.95, P , 0.05) and from Leiopython hoserae by the scale arrangement posterior to the parietal scales showing small, irregular scales. It also differs from Leiopython albertisii (KW-test: x21 5 10.31, P , 0.001) and from Leiopython hoserae (KW-test: x21 5 5.35, P , 0.05) by lower average ventral scale counts. Additionally, it can be distin- guished from the latter taxon by the presence of the whitish postocular spot.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—Named after the locality where this species is found, the Huon Peninsula at the east coast of PNG.|
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