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Python anchietae BOCAGE, 1887

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Anchieta's Dwarf Python, Angolan Python, Escarpment Python
G: Angola-Python 
SynonymPython anchietae BOCAGE 1887: 87
Python anchietae — BOULENGER 1893: 88
Python anchietae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 176
Shireenhoserus anchietae — HOSER 2004
Python anchietae — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Python anchietae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 618
Python anchietae — SCHLEICHER 2020 
DistributionS Angola, N Namibia

Type locality: Catumbela, near Lobito, Angola.  
TypesSyntypes: MB (Museu Bocage), Lisbon T.89-1206 and T.89-1207 (destroyed fide KLUGE 1993) 
DiagnosisDescription: The dorsum of the head is the same color as the body. Two stripes, a yellow one with a black one beneath it, run along the sides of the head on each side from the nostril through the eye to the neck. The upper and lower labials are pale. The venter is whitish. The nasal may be single or divided. There are 4-5 preoculars, 2 or more postoculars, 1or more supraoculars, and 2-3 suboculars. There are 15-18 perioculars and about 10 interoculars. There are 12-15 upper labials, none of which is in contact with the eye. Four or five of the upper labials have sensory pits. There are 15-16 lower labials. The dorsal scales are arranged in 55-61 straight rows. There are 253-267 ventrals and 46-57 divided subcaudals. The cloacal scale may be single or divided (Chippaux & Jackson 2019: 66). 
EtymologyNamed after José de Anchieta (9 Oct 1832 -14 Sep 1897), Portugese explorer of Africa. 
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  • Barker, David G. and Tracy M. Barker 1996. The maintenance and reproduction of the Dwarf Python of Angola and Namibia. Vivarium 7 (1): 30-34
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bocage, J.V.B. de 1888. Sur un Python nouveau d’Afrique. Jorn. Sci. math. phys. nat., Lisboa ? ?: 87-88 - get paper here
  • Bocage, J.V.B. du 1887. Melanges erpetologiques. I. Reptiles et Batraciens du Congo. II. Reptiles de Dahomey. III. Reptiles de l’Ile du Prince. IV. Reptiles et Batraciens de Quissange (Benguella) envoyés par M. J. d’Anchieta. Jorn. Sci. math. phys. nat., Lisboa, 11: 177-211 - get paper here
  • Borer, M. 2008. Python anchietae - Haltung und Zucht des Angolapythons. Reptilia (Münster) 13 (71): 63-66 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Branch, W.R. 1983. The Dwarf angolan python, Python anchietae: an endangered species. Litteratura Serpentium 3 (4): 121-125 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Busse, Peter 1992. Hatching eggs of a Python regius. Litteratura Serpentium 12 (2): 46-47 - get paper here
  • Chippaux, Jean-Philippe & Kate Jackson 2019. Snakes of Central and Western Africa. Johns Hopkins University Press, 448 pp. [detaileld review in HR 51 (1): 161] - get paper here
  • Finkeldey, H. 1963. Python anchietae. Cimbebasia 6: 23-27
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • Hoser, R. 2004. A reclassification of the pythoninae including the descriptions of two new genera, two new species and nine new subspecies. Part II. Crocodilian 4 (4) (June 2004): 21-40 - get paper here
  • JAUCH, H. 2009. Captive propagation of Python anchietae in Namibia. African Herp News (48): 8-14 - get paper here
  • Kirschner, A. & Seufer, H. 1999. Der Königspython. Kirschner und Seufer Verlag, Keltern-Weiler, 102 pp. - get paper here
  • Kluge, Arnold G. 1993. Aspidites and the phylogeny of Pythonine snakes. Rec. Austral. Mus. (Supplement 19): 1-77 - get paper here
  • Lobón-Rovira J, Vaz Pinto P, S. Becker F, Tolley KA, Measey J, Bennet B, Boon B, de Sá S, Conradie W 2022. An updated herpetofaunal species inventory of Iona National Park in southwestern Angola. Check List 18(2): 289-321 - get paper here
  • Logan, T. 1973. A Note On Attempted Breeding In Captive Python Anchietae. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (10): 8-8 - get paper here
  • Marques, Mariana P.; Luis M. P. Ceríaco , David C. Blackburn , and Aaron M. Bauer 2018. Diversity and Distribution of the Amphibians and Terrestrial Reptiles of Angola -- Atlas of Historical and Bibliographic Records (1840–2017). Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 65: 1-501 (Supplement II)
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2015. Reptilien Namibias. Namibia Scientific  Society, 276 pp.
  • Schleicher, Alfred 2020. Reptiles of Namibia. Kuiseb Publishers, Windhoek, Namibia, 271 pp.
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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