Pythons in Burma: Short-tailed python (Reptilia: Squamata)

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Short-tailed pythons, Python curtus species group, occur predominantly in the Malayan Peninsula, Sumatra, and Borneo. The discovery of an adult female in Mon State, Myanmar, led to a review of the distribution of all group members (spot-mapping of all localities of confirmed occurrence) and an examination of morphological variation in P. brongersmai. The resulting maps demonstrate a limited occurrence of these pythons within peninsular Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo with broad absences in these regions. Our small samples limit the recognition of regional differentiation in the morphology of P. brongersmai populations; however, the presence of unique traits in the Myanmar python and its strong allopatry indicate that it is a unique genetic lineage, and it is described as Python kyaiktiyo new species.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Pythons in Burma: Short-tailed python (Reptilia: Squamata)
Series title Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington
DOI 10.2988/10-34.1
Volume 124
Issue 2
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Biological Society of Washington
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 25 p.
First page 112
Last page 136
Country Myanmar
State Mon State
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