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Liasis fuscus PETERS, 1873

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: (Brown) Water python
G: Brauner Wasserpython 
SynonymLiasis fuscus PETERS 1873
Liasis cornwallisius — GÜNTHER 1879: 85
Nardoa crassa MACLEAY 1886: 66
Liasis fuscus — BOULENGER 1893: 78
Liasis fuscus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 16
Bothrochilus fuscus — COGGER et al. 1983: 203
Morelia fusca — UNDERWOOD & STIMSON 1990
Liasis fuscus — BARKER & BARKER 1994
Liasis fuscus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 168
Liasis fuscus — COGGER 2000: 606
Katrinus cornwallisius — HOSER 2000
Katrinus fuscus — HOSER 2001
Katrinus fuscus jackyae HOSER 2003
Liasis fuscus — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Liasis fuscus — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Liasis fuscus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 383 
DistributionAustralia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia),
Papua New Guinea

Type locality: “Port Bowen” [= Port Clinton, Queensland]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 7840 
CommentSynonymy: Might be synonymous to Liasis mackloti. HOSER (2001) erected the questionable new genus Katrinus which he diagnoses by the following criteria: “Katrinus are separated from Antaresia by having a single loreal rather than two or more. Katrinus are separated from Leiopython by having two pairs of prefrontals as opposed to having a pair. Katrinus are separated from Liasis by usually having 55 or less mid-body rows (Liasis usually has over 60).” Katrinus was named after Hoser’s mother, Katrina.

The two subspecies jackyae differs from fuscus in having “darker upper lips with speckling or even dark blotches”. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “fuscus”, meaning dark or dusky. 
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