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Bothrochilus fredparkeri (SCHLEIP, 2008)

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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Karimui Basin whitelip python 
SynonymLeiopython fredparkeri SCHLEIP 2008
Bothrochilus fredparkeri — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Leiopython fredparkeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 366
Leiopython fredparkeri — BARKER et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, elevation 1100-1500 m.

Type locality: Karimui, Chimbu District, Simbu Province, PNG  
TypesHolotype: CAS 118906, A large male (everted hemipenes) collected by F. Parker 7 July 1967. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Leiopython fredparkeri differs from Leiopython albertisii and Leiopython biakensis in the absence of the whitish postocular spot, and in higher infralabial counts (KW-test: x21 5 28.22, P , 0.001 and x21 5 5.06, P , 0.05). It further differs from the former species by lower ventral counts (KW-test: x21 5 7.58, P , 0.01). This species is distinguishable from Leiopython bennettorum by loreal, prefrontal, and lower average postocular scale counts (KW-test: x21 5 4.28, P , 0.05), from Leiopython huonensis by the absence of the whitish postocular spot, and from the latter species and Leiopython hoserae in having two pairs of parietals. 
EtymologyThis species is named in honor of the collector of these and many other specimens, the herpetologist Fred Parker, Townsville, Australia. 
  • Barker, D. G., Barker, T. M., Davis, M. A. and Schuett, G. W. 2015. A review of the systematics and taxonomy of Pythonidae: an ancient serpent lineage. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 175 (1): 1-19; doi: 10.1111/zoj.12267 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Hoser, Raymond 2000. A Revision of the Australasian pythons. Ophidia Review 1: 7-27
  • Reynolds, R. Graham; Matthew L. Niemiller, Liam J. Revell 2014. Toward a Tree-of-Life for the boas and pythons: Multilocus species-level phylogeny with unprecedented taxon sampling. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 71: 201–213 [published online in 2013] - get paper here
  • Schleip, Wulf D 2008. Revision of the Genus Leiopython Hubrecht 1879 (Serpentes: Pythonidae) with the Redescription of Taxa Recently Described by Hoser (2000) and the Description of New Species. Journal of Herpetology 42 (4): 645 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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