Bothrochilus biakensis (SCHLEIP, 2008)
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|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Biak whitelip python|
|Synonym||Leiopython biakensis SCHLEIP 2008|
Bothrochilus biakensis — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Leiopython biakensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 366
Leiopython biakensis — BARKER et al. 2015
|Distribution||Indonesia (Biak Island)|
Type locality: Biak, Schouten Islands
|Types||Holotype: RMNH 10193, female, Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1952–1953, donated by Fleet Air Arm Royal Netherlands Navy. Holotype lost in 2013 fide Esther Dondorp, pers. comm. 28 Jan 2019, but paratype RMNH RENA.10194 still extant).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. This species differs from Leiopython albertisii in having only two labials entering the orbit (100%, N 5 2) and in lower ventral scale counts (271 6 1.41; range 5 270–272, N 5 2) than found in specimens from the western part of Papua (278 6 2.49; range 5 274–283, N 5 13; KW-test: x21 5 4.99, P , 0.05; see also Brongersma, 1956). However, ventral scales counts are in the range of specimens from PNG. It differs from Leiopython fredparkeri in the head scale arrangement, with this species having large and wide posterior parietals, whereas Leiopython fredparkeri shows two slender elongate posterior parietal scales (Fig. 2). It further differs from the latter species by the presence of whitish postocular spots, and additionally from Leiopython huonensis and Leiopython hoserae in having two pairs of parietals. It is also distinguishable from Leiopython bennettorum in the number of prefrontals and loreals.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—Named after the type locality.|
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