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Antaresia stimsoni (SMITH, 1985)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesAntaresia stimsoni stimsoni SMITH 1985
Antaresia stimsoni orientalis SMITH 1985 
Common NamesE: Large-blotched Python, Stimsons Python
G: Stimsons Python 
SynonymLiasis stimsoni SMITH 1985
Antaresia saxacola WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985 (nom. nud).
Antaresia stimsoni — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 163
Antaresia stimsoni — COGGER 2000: 610
Antaresia stimsoni — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Antaresia stimsoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 45

Antaresia stimsoni orientalis (SMITH 1985)
Liasis stimsoni orientalis SMITH 1985: 270
Antaresia saxacola campbelli HOSER 2001(rejected name, KAISER et al. 2013)
Antaresia stimsoni orientalis — FRANZ 2003
Antaresia stimsoni orientalis — WILSON & SWAN 2008
Antaresia stimsoni orientalis — WACHTEL 2018 
DistributionAustralia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia)

Type locality: 15 km south-east of Nullagine (21°8’S, 120°12’E), WA, Australia  
TypesHolotype: WAM R63108
Holotype: AM R69087. Type locality: Wilcannia, New South Wales, Australia [campbelli]
Holotype: WAM R48646 (erroneously given as R46846 by SMith 1985) [orientalis] 
CommentSubspecies: HOSER’s (2001) description of Antaresia saxacola campbelli is rather vague and questionably referers to a new subspecies. For example he diagnoses the new subspecies by the following description: “A. s. campbelli is also distinguished from other A. stimsoni by its softer reddish and less contrasting colour with finer patterning. The head is also a different shape. The snout has a less box-like anterior when compared with other A. stimsoni...”.


Wells and Wellington did not provide a description for A. saxacola, thus the name was considered a nomen nudum by Underwood and Stimson (1990) and Shea and Sadlier (1999).

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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