Python kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Pythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Mon python|
|Synonym||Python kyaiktiyo ZUG, GOTTE & JACOBS 2011|
Python kyaiktiyo — WALLACH et al. 2014: 619
Type locality: Myanmar, Mon State, in Kyaiktiyo Wildlife Sanctuary at Yetagon Myaung (17°26’38’’N, 97°05’58’’E; ca. 390 m elevation), approximately 5 km NE Kinmun.
|Types||Holotype: USNM 572046, an adult female, collected 11 Mar 2002 by Sai Wunna Kyi, Win Zaw Lhon, and Hla Naing.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A member of the Python curtus species group, differing from P. breitensteini and P. curtus by the presence of a subocular scale preventing eye- supralabial contact, and from P. breitensteini, P. brongersmai, and P. curtus by 180 or more ventral scales and by the presence of tan ocelli anteriorly in the trunk’s middorsal stripe.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet derives from the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) area. Pronunciation sounds like Jack-T-Yo. The specific epithet is proposed as a noun in apposition. Legend says that the balancing rock owes its stability to a strand of Buddha’s hair, which Buddha gave to the hermit Taik Tha during one of the Bodhisattva’s many visits to earth. The hair is enshrined in a miniature pagoda built on top of the balancing rock.|
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