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Austroliasis amethistina (Schneider, 1801)
Austroliasis amethystinus clarki (Barbour, 1914)
Austroliasis timorensis (Peters, 1877)
Austroliasis spp. (yet to be formally named)

Austroliasis amethistina (Schneider, 1801)

This is the Scrub Python of Australia and New Guinea. There are several species within this genus, all of which have previously been identified by other authors as variants of the Scrub Python (amethistina). For Austroliasis amethistina the type specimen is presumed lost.

The type locality is also uncertain, but presumed to be New Guinea. The various forms that are believed to be different species are found within the Australasian/Papuan region, including the various nearby islands. Within Australia, Austroliasis is confined to North-east Queensland and offshore islands. Wells and Wellington assigned the species timorensis to this genus. Bearing in mind that other authors have confused the two species (due to their similarities) the placement of the species in the same genus makes sense.

This author had assigned names to forms previously regarded as A. amethistina that is found in Islands to the north-west and south-west of New Guinea, however they were withdrawn from this paper after it became apparent that David Barker and others were similarly subdividing the genus Austroliasis as it is described here. For further on this genus, see under Morelia below.

The above was from the paper - A revision of the Australiasian Pythons.
(Originally published in Ophidia Review 1(1) in "Autumn" 2000 - (Publication date: October 2000), pp. 7-27).

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