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Higher TaxaPythonidae, Henophidia, Pythonoidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boelen’s python, Black Python
G: Boelens Python 
SynonymLiasis boeleni BRONGERSMA 1953
Liasis taronga WORRELL 1958
Liasis boeleni — STIMSON 1969
Liasis taronga — STIMSON 1969
Morelia boeleni — KLUGE 1993
Morelia boeleni — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 172
Lenhoserus boeleni — HOSER 2001
Morelia boeleni — FRANZ 2003
Morelia boeleni — MATTISON 2007: 210
Simalia boeleni — REYNOLDS et al. 2014
Morelia boeleni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 452
Simalia boeleni — BARKER et al. 2015: 13
Simalia boloeni — HARRINGTON et al. 2018 (in error) 
DistributionNC Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province: Gayari, W slope Mt. Dayman, ca. 1700 m elevation [Kraus 2013]; Mt. Brown [McDowell 1975], Musa Valley)

Type locality: Dimija (3°56’S, 136°18’E), Wissel Lakes, Irian Jaya, Indonesia, elevation about 1750 m.  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 9651 
CommentHoser erected the questionable genus Lenhoserus, names after his father, Len Hoser, which “can be definitively separated from all other pythons by genetic sequencing”. Unfortunately Hoser didn’t provide any sequence data.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after K. W. J. Boelen, the Government Surgeon at Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (1950s and 1960s), who was somehow helped to obtain specimens of the species. 
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  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L.D. 1953. Notes on New Guinean reptiles and amphibians. II. Proceedings Koninklijke Nederlandsche Akademie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam (C) 56: 317-325.
  • Brongersma, L.D., 1969. Note on Liasis boeleni Brongersma. Proceedings of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen Series C; Biological and Medical Sciences 72(2): 124–128
  • Flagle, A & Stoops, E.D. 2009. Black Python - Morelia boeleni. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 160 pp.
  • Franz, V. 2003. Pythons of the World. Reptilia (GB) (27): 16-23 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Heuberger, W. & K. Heuberger 2017. Erfolgreiche Haltung und Nachzucht von Simalia boeleni. Reptilia (Münster) 22 (127): 22-29 - get paper here
  • Hoser, Raymond 2000. A Revision of the Australasian pythons. Ophidia Review 1: 7-27
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Walter R. Erdelen 2006. Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Indonesia: issues and problems. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 4 (1): 60-87 - get paper here
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  • 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
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  • Uhlhaas, M.; P. Pohlscheid & L. Schilling 2013. „A Dream comes true“. Terrarienbau zur Haltung von Morelia boeleni. Reptilia (Münster) 18 (100): 36-45 - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - get paper here
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  • Worrell, E., 1958. A new Papuan python. Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 1956-1957: 26—27.
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