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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Pythonidae
Bibliography of the genus Antaresia
Biodiversity of the family Pythonidae


Australian Dwarf Pythons


Australske Dværgpytoner

1984 Antaresia Wells & Wellington (type species: Nardoa gilberti Gray 1842)
2009 Rawlingspython Hoser (type species: Liasis childreni perthensis Stull 1932; syn. Kaiser, Crother, Kelly, Luiselli, O'Shea, Ota, Passos, Schleip & Wüster 2013)
Contents: 5 species, of which 4 (80.0%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously included in Liasis (e.g., Cogger 2000).
Distribution: New Guinea, Australia.
Reported from: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland [incl. Fraser Island, Torres Strait Islands], South Australia, Western Australia), Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).

Antaresia childreni

Faded Python, Banded Rock Python, (Children's Python)

Bunter Zwergpython, (Gefleckter Python)

Broget Dværgpyton

1842 Liasis childreni Gray
Bothrochilus childreni Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983
Antaresia childreni Wells & Wellington 1984
Morelia childreni Underwood & Stimson 1990
1842 Nardoa gilberti Gray (Stimson 1969)

Distribution: Australia (Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia).

Antaresia childreni
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Antaresia maculosa

Australian Spotted Python, Mottled Python, Eastern Small-blotched Python, (Eastern Children's Python)

Australischer Fleckenpython

Australsk Småplettet Dværgpyton

1873 Liasis maculosus Peters
Antaresia maculosus Wells & Wellington 1984
Bothrochilus maculosus Wilson & Knowles 1988
Morelia maculosa Underwood & Stimson 1990
2021 Antaresia maculosa peninsularis Esquerré, Donnellan, Pavón-Vázquez, Fenker & Keogh

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of childreni (e.g., Stimson 1969). Formerly included the populations now assigned to papuensis. Records from New Guinea and the Torres Strait Islands refer to papuensis (Esquerré, Donnellan, Pavón-Vázquez, Fenker & Keogh 2021).
Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Queensland [incl. Fraser Island]).

Antaresia maculosa
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Antaresia papuensis

Papuan Spotted Python

Papuanischer Fleckenpython

Papuansk Dværgpyton

2021 Antaresia papuensis Esquerré, Donnellan, Pavón-Vázquez, Fenker & Keogh

Distribution: Australia (Queensland (Badu Island]), Indonesia (Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea (Eastern New Guinea).

Antaresia perthensis

Pygmy Python, Ant-Hill Python


Vestaustralsk Dværgpyton

1932 Liasis childreni perthensis Stull
Liasis perthensis Mitchell 1965
Bothrochilus perthensis Cogger, Cameron & Cogger 1983
Morelia perthensis Underwood & Stimson 1990
Antaresia perthensis Wells & Wellington 1984

Distribution: Australia (Western Australia).

Antaresia perthensis
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Antaresia stimsoni

Large-blotched Python, Blotched Python, (Stimson’s Python)

Grossflecken-Zwergpython, (Stimson-Python)

Storplettet Dværgpyton

1985 Liasis stimsoni Smith
Bothrochilus stimsoni Wilson & Knowles 1988
Morelia stimsoni Underwood & Stimson 1990
Antaresia stimsoni Wells & Wellington 1984
1985 Liasis stimsoni orientalis Smith
Antaresia stimsoni orientalis Schleip & O'Shea 2010
1985 Antaresia saxacola Wells & Wellington [nomen nudum] (Shea & Sadlier 1999; Aplin & Smith 2001)
2000 Antaresia saxacola campbelli Hoser (Schleip & O'Shea 2010)

Other common names:
orientalis: Eastern Blotched Python
stimsoni: Western Blotched Python
Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia).

Antaresia stimsoni
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