Sometimes taxonomists create new names for groups that already have a name. They may do this because they are unaware of the original name, or they may think the organism before them belongs to a different group when in fact it does not. If two or more names are found to apply to the same group, they are considered synonyms. In most cases, the first name takes priority and is considered to be the valid or accepted name. However, there can be exceptions, and it's not always easy to determine which of a series of synonyms should be considered valid or accepted. Here we list the synonyms provided to EOL by our classification partners. We also include other versions of the name that most likely refer to the same group, for example, misspellings in the literature or different variations of the authorship associated with the name.

Preferred marks the preferred name from each source.

The Reptile Database

Name Relationship
Python regius SHAW 1802 Preferred
Boa regia SHAW 1802: 347 Synonym
Python belii GRAY 1842: 44
Python regius — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1844: 412
Python regius — BOULENGER 1893: 88
Python regius — SCHMIDT 1923: 55
Python regius — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 179
Shireenhoserus regia — HOSER 2004
Python regius — SCHLEIP & O’SHEA 2010

Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: April 2013

Name Relationship
Python regius SHAW 1802 Preferred
Boa Regia SHAW 1802
Python Belii GRAY 1842
Shireenhoserus regius HOSER 2004

NCBI Taxonomy

Name Relationship
Python regius Preferred
Boa Regia
Python regius (Shaw, 1802)
Shireenhoserus regius


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