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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2018; 6(1): 13-17       |                 Available online, January 07, 2018

Head dimorphism in the African python, Python natalensis (Squamata: Pythonidae) from Tanzania

 

Nicodemus D. Matojo

 

 

Department of Life Sciences, Mkwawa University College of Education, University of Dar es Salaam - Tanzania

Email: matojodn@yahoo.com

Received: 14.10.2017   |    Accepted: 28.12.2017    |   Published: 07.01.2018

Very little is known about intraspecific variation in the Southern African rock python which is also referred to as the Natal rock python or simply the African python, Python natalensis Smith, 1833 (family Pythonidae of the Order Squamata) mainly due to limited reachability of some members of the species such as the underground types and those inhabiting dense rocks. A recent study has revealed head dimorphism in the snake based on two samples from Bwiru rocky area near Lake Victoria shore in northern Mwanza City of Ilemela District, Tanzania. One morph (the “wedge-headed type”) is the holotype, comprising short triangular head with U-shaped mouth. Another morph (the “shovel-headed type”) is a paratype, comprising a long shovel-shaped head of burrowing design.

 

Key words: African python, Python natalensis, shovel-headed type, Southern African rock python, wedge-headed type.


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Nicodemus D. Matojo (2018) Head dimorphism in the African python, Python natalensis (Squamata: Pythonidae) from Tanzania, International J. of Life Sciences, 6 (1): 13-17. 

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Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.

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