Aspidites melanocephalus (KREFFT, 1864)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Aspidites melanocephalus?
|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Black-headed Python|
|Synonym||Aspidiotes melanocephalus KREFFT 1864: 225|
Aspidites [melanocephalus] PETERS 1876 (nomen novum pro Aspidiotes)
Aspidites melanocephalus — BOULENGER 1893: 91
Aspidites melanocephalus — STIMSON 1969
Aspidites melanocephalus — KLUGE 1993
Aspidites melanocephalus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 164
Aspidites melanocephalus — COGGER 2000: 601
Aspidites melanocephalus adelynensis HOSER 2001
Aspidites melanocephalus davieii HOSER 2001
Aspidites melanocephalus rickjonesii HOSER 2009
Aspidites melanocephalus — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Aspidites melanocephalus — WILSON & SWAN 2010
Aspidites melanocephalus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 57
|Distribution||Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia)|
Type locality: Bowen (for Port Denison), Queensland, Australia
adelynensis: Australia (Western Australia); Type locality: Wyndham, Western Australia.
davieii: Australia (Western Australia). Type locality: Tom Price, Western Australia.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19220.127.116.11, (formerly 18.104.22.168), presented G. Krefft. Krefft (1869) gives the collector as J. Rainbird.|
Holotype: WAM R51208 [adelynensis]
Holotype: WAM R46170 [davieii]
|Comment||Type species: Aspidiotes melanocephalus KREFFT 1864 is the type species of the genus Aspidites PETERS 1876 : 533, 914. Aspidiotes is preoccupied by Aspidiotes BOUCHÉ 1844 (Hemiptera) and Aspidiotes SCHOENHERR 1847 (Coleoptera).|
Phylogenetics: Reynolds et al. 2014 did not find support for the distinction of the Aspidites and Leiopython/Bothrochilus clades. This supports the findingfs of Rawlings et al. (2008) who recommended subsuming the genus Leiopython Hubrecht 1879 into Bothrochilus Fitzinger 1843 (resurrected by Kluge, 1993)
Synonymy: note that KAISER et al. rejected the names coined by HOSER.
Subspecies: Hoser’s subspecies should be treated as questionable as they are not well diagnosed, partly only based on distribution. Hoser’s subspecies are often named after friends, relatives or other popular figures. Hoser (2000) provided the same erroneous accession number for the holotype as was already provided by Smith (1985) in his original description; WAM R51208 is the number for a skink, Eremiascincus isolepis (fide Mecke et al. 2009). Hoser (2009) had also designated the same holotype and paratypes for rickjonesii as for A. m. davieii. The former name is thus not available.