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Python breitensteini STEINDACHNER, 1881

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Borneo Python
G: Borneo-Blutpython, Borneo-Kurzschwanzpython 
SynonymPython breitensteini STEINDACHNER 1881
Python curtus breitensteini — KIRSCHNER 1997
Python breitensteini — KEOGH, BARKER & SHINE 2001
Python breitensteini — MALKMUS et al. 2002
Aspidoboa breitensteini — HOSER 2004
Python breitensteini — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Python breitensteini — WALLACH et al. 2014: 619 
DistributionIndonesia (Borneo: Kalimantan), Malaysia (East Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak); Singapore

Type locality: Teweh, Borneo.  
TypesHolotype: NMW 13287. 
CommentAnterior parietals are broadly in contact in P. breitensteini but not or only barely in P. curtus (G.H. Rodda, pers. comm.). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Heinrich Breitenstein (1848-1930), a German physician who served with the Dutch East Indies army for 21 years. While in Borneo he collected herpetofauna that Steindachner purchased for Naturhistorisches Museum Wien.  
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
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  • Keogh, J. Scott; Barker, David G.; Shine, Richard 2001. Heavily Exploited but Poorly Known: Systematics and Biogeography of Commercially Harvested Pythons (Python curtus group) in Southeast Asian. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 73:113-129 - get paper here
  • Kirschner, A. 1997. Anmerkungen zu Python curtus curtus. Elaphe 5 (2): 11-12
  • Malkmus, R.; Manthey, U.; Vogel, G. Hoffmann, P. & Kosuch, J. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of Mount Kinabalu (North Borneo). A.R.G. Ganther Verlag, Rugell, 404 pp.
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • Natusch Daniel J. D., Lyons Jessica A., Riyanto Awal, Mumpuni , Shine Richard 2019. Interspecific divergence in biological attributes of short-tailed pythons (Python breitensteini and P. brongersmai) from Kalimantan and Sumatra. Australian Journal of Zoology - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • 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
  • Schmidt, Dieter 2010. Vermehrung und Zucht von Riesenschlangen. Draco 11 (44): 4-17 - get paper here
  • Steindachner, F. 1881. Über eine neue Pythonart (Python Breitensteini) aus Borneo. Sitzungsb. Ber. Kais. Akad. Wiss.,Wien, Abt.1, 82: 267-268 [1880] - 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.
  • Wirth, Michael & Jochen Geiger 2012. Eine Terrarienanlage zur Haltung und Aufzucht von Riesenschlangen. Draco 12 (48): 52-60
  • Zug, George R.; Steve W. Gotte, and Jeremy F. Jacobs 2011. Pythons in Burma: Short-tailed python (Reptilia: Squamata). Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 124 (2): 112-136 - get paper here
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