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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSouthern African Python, Lesser African Python 
SynonymPython sebae natalensis SMITH 1840
Python natalensis — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 409
Heleionomus variegatus GRAY 1842: 43 (fide SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010)
Python Sebae var. natalensis — JAN 1864
Python saxuloides MILLER & SMITH 1979 (fide BROADLEY 1984)
Python sebae natalensis — BROADLEY 1984
Python sebae natalensis — AUERBACH 1987: 152
Python sebae natalensis — BAUER et al. 1993
Python sebae — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 180
Python natalensis — BROADLEY 1999
Python sebae natalensis — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 22
Helionomus natalensis [sic] — HOSER 2004
Python natalensis — BARONE 2005
Python natalensis — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Python natalensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 620 
DistributionBotswana, S Angola, SE/E Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Zambia, Burundi, Tanzania, C Kenya, south to N Namibia and Republic of South Africa (Eastern Cape etc.), Mozambique, Zimbabwe

Type locality: Port Natal = Durban, Natal. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.8.3 and 1946.3.27.2 
CommentSmith (1840) refers to a preliminary description in the South African Quarterly Journal from 1833 [(2) 1 (3): 80]. However, the page cited mentions P. natalensis without any further description. It is thus a nomen nudum. 
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