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Heavily exploited but poorly known: systematics and biogeography of commercially harvested pythons ( Python curtus group) in Southeast Asia

Keogh, J Scott; Barker, David; Shine, Richard


More than 100 000 blood pythons (brongersmai) and short-tailed pythons (curtus and breitensteini) are taken from Borneo and Sumatra each year for the commercial leather trade. Traditionally, all have been treated as a single polytypic species (Python curtus), with three subspecies differing in colour, size and geographic distribution. Analyses of DNA sequences and morphological data clarify the phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy and biogeography of this group. The lineage is monophyletic, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
DOI: 10.1006/bijl.2001.0529


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