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Liasis savuensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Subfamily: Pythoninae
Genus: Liasis
Gray, 1842

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  • Liasis Gray, 1840
  • Liasis Gray, 1842
  • Simalia Gray, 1849
  • Lisalia Gray, 1849[1]

Liasis is a genus of nonvenomous pythons found in Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia. Currently, 4 extant species are recognized[2] and one giant fossil species L. dubudingala, estimated to have been around 10 m (33 ft) in length.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

They are found in the Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda Islands, east through New Guinea and in northern and western Australia.[1]


Species[2] Taxon author[2] Subsp.*[2] Common name Geographic range[1]
L. fuscus Peters, 1873 0 Brown water python Australia (Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland), the Sir Charles Hardy Islands, Cornwallis Island in the Torres Strait, Papua New Guinea (lower Fly River region) and Indonesia (southern Papua
L. macklotiT A.M.C. Duméril & Bibron, 1844 1 Macklot's python Indonesia in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Roti, Samao, Timor and Wetar
L. olivaceus Gray, 1842 1 Olive python Australia in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland
L. savuensis Carmichael, 2007 0 Savu python Indonesia on the Lesser Sunda Island of Sawu

*) Not including the nominate subspecies
T) Type species[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. ^ a b c d "Liasis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Scanlon, J. D.; MacKness, B. S. (2001). "A new giant python from the Pliocene Bluff Downs Local Fauna of northeastern Queensland". Alcheringa: an Australasian Journal of Palaeontology. 25 (4): 425. doi:10.1080/03115510108619232. 

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