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Morelia

Reptilia - Squamata - Pythonidae

Synonyms
Synonymy list
YearName and author
1842Morelia Gray
1985Montypythonoides Smith and Plane p. 191
1985Morelia Smith and Plane p. 192
2001Morelia Scanlon p. 6

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RankNameAuthor
kingdomAnimalia()
Triploblastica
Nephrozoa
Deuterostomia
phylumChordataHaeckel 1847
subphylumVertebrata
superclassGnathostomata
Osteichthyes()
Sarcopterygii
subclassDipnotetrapodomorpha(Nelson 2006)
subclassTetrapodomorpha()
Tetrapoda()
Reptiliomorpha
Anthracosauria
Batrachosauria()
Cotylosauria()
Amniota
RankNameAuthor
Sauropsida
classReptilia
subclassEureptilia()
Romeriida
Diapsida()
Eosuchia()
Neodiapsida
SauriaGauthier 1984
Lepidosauromorpha(Benton 1983)
superorderLepidosauria()
orderSquamata
suborderOphidia(Latreille 1804)
Serpentes(Linnaeus 1758)
infraorderAlethinophidia
Henophidia
familyPythonidae(Fitzinger 1826)
genusMorelia

If no rank is listed, the taxon is considered an unranked clade in modern classifications. Ranks may be repeated or presented in the wrong order because authors working on different parts of the classification may disagree about how to rank taxa.

Diagnosis
ReferenceDiagnosis
M. J. Smith and M. Plane 1985 (Montypythonoides)Maxilla with a prominent bulge on the labial surface about half way along its length; maxillary teeth curved near base, a weakly developed cutting ridge on labial side of tooth, no cutting ridge on lingual side of tooth.
J. D. Scanlon 2001(refers to characters diagnostic of Morelia or more inclusive clades of Pythoninae, and which can be evaluated in the material described in this work): two teeth on each ramus of premaxilla; anterior palatine teeth longer (or at least, thicker and more erect) than posterior ones; posterior margin of palatine choanal process deeply concave; anterior margin of premaxilla concave; ventral openings of premaxillary channels posterior to alveoli; lateral bulge present on maxilla.