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Python kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS, 2011

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesMon python 
SynonymPython kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS 2011
Python kyaiktiyo — WALLACH et al. 2014: 619 
DistributionMyanmar (Mon)

Type locality: Myanmar, Mon State, in Kyaiktiyo Wildlife Sanctuary at Yetagon Myaung (17°26’38’’N, 97°05’58’’E; ca. 390 m elevation), approximately 5 km NE Kinmun.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: USNM 572046, an adult female, collected 11 Mar 2002 by Sai Wunna Kyi, Win Zaw Lhon, and Hla Naing. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A member of the Python curtus species group, differing from P. breitensteini and P. curtus by the presence of a subocular scale preventing eye- supralabial contact, and from P. breitensteini, P. brongersmai, and P. curtus by 180 or more ventral scales and by the presence of tan ocelli anteriorly in the trunk’s middorsal stripe. 
Comment 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific epithet de- rives from the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) area. Pronunciation sounds like Jack-T-Yo. The specific epithet is pro- posed as a noun in apposition. Legend says that the balancing rock owes its stability to a strand of Buddha’s hair, which Buddha gave to the hermit Taik Tha during one of the Bodhisattva’s many visits to earth. The hair is enshrined in a miniature pagoda built on top of the balancing rock. 
References
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • 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.
  • 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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