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Simalia nauta (HARVEY, BARKER, AMMERMAN & CHIPPINDALE, 2000)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Tanimbar Python
G: Tanimbar-Python 
SynonymMorelia nauta HARVEY, BARKER, AMMERMAN & CHIPPINDALE 2000
Australiasis nauta — HOSER 2004
Morelia nauta — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Simalia nauta — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Morelia nauta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 453
Simalia nauta — BARKER et al. 2015: 13 
DistributionIndonesia (Tanimbar group).

Type locality: Yamdena Island, Tanimbar group, Maluku, Indonesia  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: UTA 44482 
CommentThis species is closely related to M. amethistina. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin word “nauta” for sailor, because the species could have reached its current location only by rafting. Apparently based on the evolutionary species concept. 
References
  • Barker, D. G., Barker, T. M., Davis, M. A. and Schuett, G. W. 2015. A review of the systematics and taxonomy of Pythonidae: an ancient serpent lineage. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175 (1): 1-19; doi: 10.1111/zoj.12267 - get paper here
  • Ferencz, B.R. 2005. Terrarienhaltung und Vermehrung des Tanimbar-Pythons Morelia nauta HARVEY, BARKER, AMMERMANN & CHIPPINDALE 2000. Elaphe 13 (3): 22-28
  • Harvey, Michael B., David B. Barker, Loren K. Ammerman and Paul T. Chippindale 2000. Systematics of pythons of the Morelia amethistina complex (Serpentes: Boidae) with the description of three new species. Herpetological Monographs 14: 139-185 - 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
  • Reynolds, R. Graham; Matthew L. Niemiller, Liam J. Revell 2014. Toward a Tree-of-Life for the boas and pythons: Multilocus species-level phylogeny with unprecedented taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 71: 201–213 [published online in 2013] - 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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