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Morelia carinata (SMITH, 1981)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Rough-scaled Python
G: Rauhschuppenpython 
SynonymPython carinatus SMITH 1981
Morelia carinata — KLUGE 1993
Morelia carinata — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 172
Morelia carinata — COGGER 2000: 612
Jackypython carinata — HOSER 2009
Morelia carinata — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Morelia carinata — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Morelia carinata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 452 
DistributionAustralia (Northern coastal area of Western Australia)

Type locality: Mitchell River Falls (14°50’S, 125° 42’E), WA, Australia  
TypesHolotype: WAM R45352 
CommentAbundance: very rare; from 1981 to 2007 only about 10 specimens have been found (Mattison 2007).

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “carinatus” = keeled (like a ship). 
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  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
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  • Mense, M. 2004. A Review of the Australo-Papuan Carpet Python complex (Morelia bredli, Morelia carinata and Morelia spilota), with a key to the species. Litteratura Serpentium 24 (4): 178-204
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  • Schleip, Wulf D & O’Shea, M. 2010. Annotated checklist of the recent and extinct pythons (Serpentes, Pythonidae), with notes on nomenclature, taxonomy, and distribution. ZooKeys 66 (2010) : 29-79 - get paper here
  • Smith L A 1981. A revision of the python genera Aspidites and Python (Serpentes: Boidae) in Western Australia. Rec. West. Austr. Mus. 9 (2): 211-226 - get paper here
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