Hoser's Python, Leiopython hoserae Hoser 2000.
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In 2000, Australia's Snakeman Raymond Hoser described a new species of Python from southern New Guinea as the taxon, Leiopython hoserae Hoser 2000. The species was in fact named after his wife, Shireen Hoser. However as with many things, the facts get confused by other persons and it became widely believed that the snake was in fact named by another person to honour Raymond Hoser's work as a reptile scientist. The upshot of it all is that the snake has become widely known as the Hosers Python. However Raymond Hoser has generally preferred not to use Hoser's Python to describe the snake, as a reptile named after a person (any person) does not confer descriptive information on the animal if the name is adopted for general usage by lay persons.
On that basis Raymond Hoser has preferred to use the terms Black White-lipped Python, or Southern White-lipped Python to describe this taxon. However as the name Hoser's Python seems to be the more widely used, as is the case for the northern Leiopython taxon, namely D'Albert's Python for Leiopython albertisi (Gray 1842), instead of Brown White-lipped Python, most herpetologists will probably continue to refer to the taxon as the Hoser's Python. A similar preference has been expressed by Hoser for taxa such as Morelia bredli, called by Hoser the Centralian Carpet Python, but referred to by most others as a "Bredli Python". There is no disrespect intended here against either Hoser's wife or Joe Bredl, the latter of whom was a well regarded reptile keeper for many years before his death. However the same argument of preferring a descriptive common name for a taxon remains.
Text from the original description of Leiopython hoserae Hoser 2000 is reprinted below
HOLOTYPE: A large male specimen in the American Museum of Natural History from Wipim (=Wipam), Western District, PNG, Lat: 8° 40' Long: 142° 55', specimen number 107150. The snake has a body length of 6ft 10.5 inches and a total length of 7ft 11 inches.
DIAGNOSIS: This is the species formerly known as the black race of the White-lipped Python. L. hoserae is separated from L. albertisi by the fact that its dorsal body colour is usually a greyish metallic black in adults as opposed to a golden brown colour. L. hoserae also attains a larger size, with this author having sighted and photographed a specimen at Melbourne Zoo of about 2.5 metres, (also refer to the type specimen above). L. albertisi rarely if ever attains this size. Live L. hoserae are shown in Hoser (1989), O'Shea (1996) and Ross and Marzec (1990).
The specimens depicted in Hoser (1989) are derived from the Port Moresby area (Chris Banks, Melbourne Zoo, pers. comm). There are numerous other characteristics that separate the two species of Leiopython, including DNA properties. L. hoserae cannot be confused with any other New Guinea snake. L. hoserae occurs in the southern areas of PNG, south of the main central range, including the area around Port Moresby, and adjacent parts of Irian Jaya around Merauke where it is understood to be relatively uncommon and/or rarely collected there.
It is uncertain as to how far west the distribution of this species extends. Nor is it certain if this distribution is continuous or disjunct. However notwithstanding the previous statement about the species around Merauke, this species is like L. albertisi in that it is usually common where it occurs. L. hoserae is not as common in captivity as L. albertisi. The species is understood to also occur on Islands just south of New Guinea in the Torres Strait area, that fall within Australian territory (refer to Cogger 1996) and other sources. The species also occurs in the Aru Islands to the south, where it is understood to be reasonably common.
ETYMOLOGY: Named after the author's wife, Shireen Hoser.
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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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