On the Occurrence of Malayopython reticulatus (Schneider, 1801) (Squamata: Pythonidae) on Mainland India

Yatindra Kalki, Tristan David Schramer, Daniel Wylie


We investigated six historical Malayopython reticulatus museum specimens thought to have been collected from mainland India and examined their validity. Most specimens offered insufficient data to support collection from present-day mainland India and were discounted. Despite this, one specimen (UIMNH 62394) collected in “Calcutta, India” prior to 1965 cannot be so easily dismissed and may represent the first legitimate M. reticulatus specimen from continental India. We address the likelihood of this finding and discuss its implications regarding the occurrence of M. reticulatus on the Indian mainland.

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