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Bothrochilus montanus (SCHLEIP, 2014)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesWau whitelip python 
SynonymLeiopython albertisii bennetti HOSER 2000
Leiopython bennettorum — WÜSTER et al. 2001
Leiopython bennettorum — SCHLEIP 2008
Bothrochilus bennettorum — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Leiopython montanus SCHLEIP 2014 (nom. nov.)
Bothrochilus montanus — REYNOLDS et al. 2014 (by implication)
Leiopython bennettorum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 366
Leiopython montanus — BARKER et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: near Wau, Morobe Province, PNG  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BPBM 5452 
CommentDiagnosis. Leiopython bennettorum is easily distinguishable from all other members of the genus Leiopython by higher loreal scale count and by a second pair of small lateral prefrontals (Fig. 6E, F). Furthermore, higher average midbody scale row and postocular scale counts separate this species from Leiopython hoserae (KWtest: x21 = 8.92, P = 0.01 and x21 = 7.19, P = 0.05), Leiopython huonensis (KW-test: x215 4.48, P = 0.05 and x21 = 3.95, P = 0.05), Leiopython fredparkeri (KW-test: x21 = 5.30, P = 0.05 and x21 = 4.28, P = 0.05), and Leiopython albertisii (KWtest: x21 = 7.98, P = 0.01 and x21 = 14.22, P = 0.001). It can also be distinguished from the latter two species in having only one pair of parietals and, additionally, differs from Leiopython albertisii and Leiopython biakensis by the absence of the whitish postocular spot (contra Hoser, 2000). 
References
  • Barker, D. G., Barker, T. M., Davis, M. A. and Schuett, G. W. 2015. A review of the systematics and taxonomy of Pythonidae: an ancient serpent lineage. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175 (1): 1-19; doi: 10.1111/zoj.12267 - get paper here
  • Hoser, Raymond 2000. A Revision of the Australasian pythons. Ophidia Review 1: 7-27
  • Reynolds, R. Graham; Matthew L. Niemiller, Liam J. Revell 2014. Toward a Tree-of-Life for the boas and pythons: Multilocus species-level phylogeny with unprecedented taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 71: 201–213 [published online in 2013] - get paper here
  • Schleip, Wulf D 2008. Revision of the Genus Leiopython Hubrecht 1879 (Serpentes: Pythonidae) with the Redescription of Taxa Recently Described by Hoser (2000) and the Description of New Species. Journal of Herpetology 42 (4): 645 - get paper here
  • Schleip, Wulf D. 2014. Two New Species of Leiopython Hubecht, 1879 (Pythonidae: Serpentes): Non-Compliance with the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature Leads to Unavailable Names in Zoological Nomenclature. Journal of Herpetology Jun 2014, Vol. 48, No. 2: 272-275. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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