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Distribution

Continent: Oceania Asia
Distribution: Indonesia (Savu = Sawoe, Samoa, Alor, Roti, Semau = Samao, Timor, Wetar, Irian Jaya),  Papua New Guinea, coastal N Australia  
Type locality: Timor
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Liasis

Liasis is a genus of nonvenomous pythons found in Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Currently, 4 extant species are recognized[2] and one fossil species L. dubudingala. [3]


Geographic range[edit]

They are found in the Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda Islands, east through New Guinea and in northern and western Australia.[1]

Species[edit]

Species[2]Taxon author[2]Subsp.*[2]Common nameGeographic range[1]
L. fuscusPeters, 18730Brown water pythonAustralia (Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland), the Sir Charles Hardy Islands, Cornwallis Island in the Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea (lower Fly River region) and Indonesia (southern Papua
L. macklotiTA.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 18441Macklot's pythonIndonesia in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Roti, Samao, Timor and Wetar
L. olivaceusGray, 18421Olive pythonAustralia in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland
L. savuensisCarmichael, 20070Savu pythonIndonesia on the Lesser Sunda Island of Sawu

*) Not including the nominate subspecies
T) Type species[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b c d "Liasis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Scanlon, J. D.; MacKness, B. S. (2001). "A new giant python from the Pliocene Bluff Downs Local Fauna of northeastern Queensland". Alcheringa: an Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 25 (4): 425. doi:10.1080/03115510108619232.  edit
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Bluff Downs giant python

The Bluff Downs giant python (Liasis dubudingala) is an extinct species of snake from Queensland, Australia, that lived during the Early Pliocene.[1]

The Bluff Downs giant python hunted mammals, birds and reptiles in the woodlands and vine thickets bordering Australian watercourses during Pliocene times. Its nearest living relative is the olive python (Liasis olivacea).

Size[edit]

The Bluff Downs giant python is estimated to have grown to 10m, making it at least a metre longer than the world's two longest snakes - the anaconda of South America and the reticulated python of Asia.

Fossils[edit]

Fossilised vertebrae, teeth and rib fragments of the Bluff Downs python were found in 1992 at Bluff Downs in northeastern Queensland.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Scanlon, J. D.; MacKness, B. S. (2001). "A new giant python from the Pliocene Bluff Downs Local Fauna of northeastern Queensland". Alcheringa: an Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 25 (4): 425. doi:10.1080/03115510108619232.  edit

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