Python breitensteini STEINDACHNER, 1881
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|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Borneo Python|
G: Borneo-Blutpython, Borneo-Kurzschwanzpython
|Synonym||Python breitensteini STEINDACHNER 1881|
Python curtus breitensteini — KIRSCHNER 1997
Python breitensteini — KEOGH, BARKER & SHINE 2001
Python breitensteini — MALKMUS et al. 2002
Aspidoboa breitensteini — HOSER 2004
Python breitensteini — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010
Python breitensteini — WALLACH et al. 2014: 619
|Distribution||Indonesia (Borneo: Kalimantan), Malaysia (East Malaysia: Sabah, Sarawak); Singapore|
Type locality: Teweh, Borneo.
|Types||Holotype: NMW 13287.|
|Diagnosis||Description: Top of body is pale yellow or tan, with dark sub-rectangular blotches about as wide as body, becoming darker towards tail, or with a fully dark top that turns black posteriorly; scattered pale spots are present on vertebral region, and are more numerous at back of body, where they are elongate and form a vertebral stripe; has a black stripe evident between internasals and occipital, fusing with dark pattern on neck; sides of head are darker than forehead, with dark flecks and a broad dark post-ocular stripe; a pale post-ocular stripe runs to angle of jaws; chin and belly are plain cream, sometimes with brown spots. Body is short and robust; head is elongate, flattened and distinct from neck; eyes are small with a vertical pupil; vertebral region is ridged; some infralabials have weak pits; tail is short; cloacal spurs are present (Das 2012: 15)|
Anterior parietals are broadly in contact in P. breitensteini but not or only barely in P. curtus (G.H. Rodda, pers. comm.).
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Heinrich Breitenstein (1848-1930), a German physician who served with the Dutch East Indies army for 21 years. While in Borneo he collected herpetofauna that Steindachner purchased for Naturhistorisches Museum Wien.|
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