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Annotated checklist of the recent and extinct pythons (Serpentes, Pythonidae), with notes on nomenclature, taxonomy, and distribution

Author(s): Wulf Schleip | Mark O'Shea

Journal: ZooKeys
ISSN 1313-2989

Volume: 66;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: snakes | ICZN | Antaresia | Apodora | Aspidites | Bothrochilus | Broghammerus | Leiopython | Liasis | Morelia | Python | taxa

McDiarmid et al. (1999) published the first part of their planned taxonomic catalog of the snakes of the world. Since then, several new python taxa have been described in both the scientific literature and non-peer-reviewed publications. This checklist evaluates the nomenclatural status of the names and discusses the taxonomic status of the new taxa, and aims to continue the work of McDiarmid et al. (1999) for the family Pythonidae, covering the period 1999 to 2010. Numerous new taxa are listed, and where appropriate recent synonymies are included and annotations are made. A checklist and a taxonomic identification key of valid taxa are provided.

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