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Woma Aspidites ramsayi Macleay, 1882

The type locality is Fort Bourke in NSW. The snake later described by Longman in 1913 as Aspidites collaris from near Cunnamulla, Queensland, is believed to be the same race as the nominate form and is treated here is synonymous. The distance between Bourke and Cunnamulla is not substantial. Habitats, including soils and vegetation regimes and herpetofaunas in the two areas are essentially similar. Thus the type form of Woma is in fact the Eastern Australian form. It is distinctly more grey in dorsal colour (as opposed to yellowish brown) than the western subspecies and has far more prominent dark markings over the eyes as compared to more western specimens which may or may not have such markings. While distributional information for Womas in Australia is patchy, partly in reflection of the relatively remote areas that they occur in, most herpetologists believe that it is not continuous throughout the arid parts of Australia. For the purposes of this paper, and until information to the contrary is received, the nominate subspecies, Aspidites ramsayi ramsayi is herein restricted to inland parts of NSW and Queensland.

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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