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Antaresia maculosa (PETERS, 1873)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Spotted Python, Eastern Small-blotched Python, Eastern Childrens Python
G: Gefleckter Zwergpython, Fleckenpython 
SynonymLiasis maculosus PETERS 1873: 608
Antaresia maculosus — KLUGE 1993
Liasis maculosus — SHINE 1994
Antaresia maculosa — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 162
Antaresia maculosus — COGGER 2000: 606
Antaresia maculosa brentonoloughlini HOSER 2003
Antaresia maculosa — HASSELBERG 2004
Antaresia maculosus — GREER 2006 (online)
Antaresia maculosa — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Antaresia maculosa — WALLACH et al. 2014: 45 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, E Queensland), S Papua New Guinea

Type locality: “Rockhampton, Port Mackay, Port Bowen” [Queensland]  
TypesLectotype: ZMB 5948, A. Dietrich. Lectotype designation by Smith (1985).
Holotype: AM R16772 [brentonoloughlini] 
CommentHoser (2004) separated brentonoloughlini from the nominate subspecies “by its greater preponderance of light colouration relative to dark blotches on the dorsal surface” (Hoser 2004), stating that the nominate form would “have roughly half to half (50:50) dark versus light blothes” whereas the ratio in this taxon “is generally at least 60% light colour to 40% or less darker blotches” (Hoser 2004), and by larger average size. Type locality: 16 km east of Coen, Queensland, Australia.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Hasselberg, D. 2004. Gefleckter Zwergpython, Antaresia maculosa (PETERS 1873). Reptilia (Münster) 9 (49): 79-81 - get paper here
  • Hoser, R. 2003. A reclassification of the pythoninae including the descriptions of two new genera, two new species and nine new subspecies. Part I. [see also part II.]. Crocodilian 4 (3) (November 2003): 31-37 - get paper here
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