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Aspidites ramsayi (MACLEAY, 1882)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Woma Python
G: Woma-Python, Ramsays Python 
SynonymAspidiotes ramsayi MACLEAY 1882: 813
Aspidites ramsayi — BOULENGER 1893: 92
Aspidites melanocephalus ramsayi
Aspidites collaris LONGMAN 1913: 40
Aspidites ramsayi — SMITH 1981: 215
Aspidites ramsayi — KLUGE 1993
Aspidites ramsayi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 165
Aspidites ramsayi — COGGER 2000: 602
Aspidites ramsayi panoptes HOSER 2000
Aspidites ramsayi richardjonesi HOSER 2000
Aspidites ramsayi neildavieii HOSER 2009
Aspidites ramsayi — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Aspidites ramsayi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 57 
DistributionAustralia (Central Australia: New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia)

Type locality: Fort Bourke, NSW, Australia  
TypesHolotype: lost (previously said to be in MMUS = Macleay Museum, fide STIMSON 1969, Cogger et al 1983; not in AMS fide Shea 2012)
Holotype: WAM 34070 [richardjonesi, neildavieii]
Holotype: WAM R43459 [panoptes] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Distinguished from A. melanocephalus by absence of dark hood. (Smith 1981) 
CommentSynonymy: 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, 2009 also designated the same type for neildavieii as for A.r.richardjonesi; Type locality: near Port Hedland, Western Australia.). A. r. panoptes is said to be from the Type locality of Burracoppin, Western Australia. The Type locality of richardjonesii is “near Port Hedland, Western Australia”. KAISER et al. rejected all names coined by HOSER in or after 2000.

Distribution appears to be the only distinguishing feature for distinguishing between Aspidites ramsayi panoptes and A.r. richardjonesii (wÜSTER et al. 2001). 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Pearson Ramsay (1842-1916), an Australian naturalist, oologist, and ornithologist who was Curator of the Australian Museum (1874-1894) and remained the museum's consulting ornithologist (1895-1916). 
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