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








Genus
Aspidites

Shield-headed Pythons

Schildkopfpythons

Skjoldhovedpytoner

1864 Aspidiotes Krefft [not Aspidiotes Bouché 1844 (Insecta); not Aspidiotes Schoenherr 1847 (Insecta)] (type species: Aspidiotes melanocephalus Krefft 1864)
1877 Aspidiotus Peters [not Aspidiotus Bouché 1833 (Insecta); emendation of Aspidiotes Krefft 1864]
1877 Aspidites Peters [substitute name for Aspidiotus Peters 1877]
Contents: 2 species, both of which are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: The scientific name can be translated as "shield bearer" and pertains to the symmetrically shaped head scales (Australian Reptile Online Database; Wikipedia). Since the genus has never had a common English name, the name "Shield-headed Pythons" is hereby suggested to accomodate the two species.
Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia).

Aspidites melanocephalus

Black-headed Python

Schwarzkopfpython

Sorthovedet Pyton

1864 Aspidiotes melanocephalus Krefft
Aspidites melanocephalus Boulenger 1893

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


Aspidites melanocephalus
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Aspidites ramsayi

Sand Python, Woma, (Ramsay’s Python)

Woma, (Ramsay-Python)

Sandpyton, Woma

1882 Aspidiotes ramsayi Macleay
Aspidites ramsayi Boulenger 1893
1913 Aspidites collaris Longman (Stimson 1969)
2009 Aspidites ramsayi neildavieii Hoser [unavailable name] (Schleip & O'Shea 2010; Kaiser, Crother, Kelly, Luiselli, O'Shea, Ota, Passos, Schleip & Wüster 2013)

Distribution: Australia (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia).


Aspidites ramsayi
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