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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Amethystine or scrub python
G: Amethystpython 
SynonymBoa Amethistina SCHNEIDER 1801: 254
Python amethystinus — DAUDIN 1803: 230
Constrictor amethystin [us] — WAGLER 1830: 168
Liasis amethystinus — GRAY 1842: 44
Liasis Amethystinus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 433
Aspidopython Jakati MEYER 1874: 135
Liasis amethystinus — GÜNTHER 1879: 85
Liasis duceboracensis GÜNTHER 1879: 86
Hypaspistes dipsadides OGILBY 1891: 192
Python amethystinus — BOULENGER 1893: 83
Liasis clarki BARBOUR 1914: 202
Python amethystinus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 24
Liasis amethistinus — STIMSON 1969
Python amethistinus — MCDOWELL 1975: 52
Australiasis amethystinus — WELLS & WELLINGTON 1984: 106
Morelia amethistina — KLUGE 1993
Morelia amethistina — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 170
Morelia amethistina — COGGER 2000: 611
Austroliasis amethystina clarki [sic] — HOSER 2001
Liasis amethistinus — SWITAK 2006
Morelia amethistina — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Australiasis funki — HOSER 2012 (preliminary)
Simalia amethistina — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Morelia amethistina — WALLACH et al. 2014: 452
Simalia amethistina — BARKER et al. 2015: 13
Morelia amethystina — COGGER 2014: 824 
DistributionIndonesia (Halmahera, Batjan = Bacan, Ceram = Seram, Ambon, Saparua, Haraku, Timorlaut, Banda, Kai Island, Aru Island, Misool, Salawati, Irian Jaya),
Molucca Islands, S Philippines ?,
Papua New Guinea (Bismarck Archipelago, Trobriand I), Louisiade Archipelago, New Ireland, New Britain, Ferguson Island, Australia (NE Queensland), several Islands of Torres Strait

Type locality: unknown (fide STIMSON 1969 and KLUGE 1993)  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 1485 (presumed lost)
Holotype: Australian Museum (Sydney) [Hypaspistes dipsadides]
Holotype: MCZ 9600 [Liasis clarki] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Barker et al. 2015: 13 
CommentSynonymy after KLUGE 1993. Liasis amethistinus kinghorni STULL 1933 hs been elevated to full species status by HARVEY et al. 2000.

Hybridization: BANKS & SCHWANER (1984) describe a hybrid between Morelia spilota and Liasis mackloti as well as hybrids between Morelia spilota and Morelia amethistina.

Type species: Boa Amethistina SCHNEIDER 1801: 254 is the type species of the genus Simalia GRAY 1849. 
Etymology 
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