Aspidomorphus schlegelii (GÜNTHER, 1872)
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Schlegel’s crown snake|
|Synonym||Diemenia schlegelii GÜNTHER 1872: 35|
Pseudelaps muelleri BOULENGER 1895: 32
Pseudelaps muelleri insulae BARBOUR 1908 (fide BRONGERSMA 1934: 235)
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — MCDOWELL 1967
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — WELCH 1994: 19
Aspidomorphus schlegeli — METZGER et al. 2010
Aspidomorphus schlegelii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 58
|Distribution||Indonesia (Irian Jaya), Papua New Guinea [East Sepik Province: Prince Alexander Mts., 3.5922°S, 143.4937°E, 270 m elevation (Kraus 2013); Aitape (McDowell 1967)]|
Type locality: Misool Island, Indonesia
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19188.8.131.52|
Holotype: MCZ 7080 [insulae]
|Diagnosis||Original description: “This is a conspicuously shorter species, having only (148, Schlegel,) 149 or 155 ventral shields, and (24, Schlegel,) 24 or 21 subcaudals. The shields of the head are very much the same as in the other species. Temporals 2+2+3, the lower of the first series being intercalated between the last two labials, and not in contact with the postoculars. Scales in fifteen rows. The lower parts are more or less dotted with brown; and the lateral bands of the head are indistinct, if present.” (Günther 1872: 35)|
A. schlegeli differs from the other species in the genus in the form of the maxillary bone and the anterior mandibular dentition; it seems to be confined to northwestern New Guinea and adjacent islands, since specimens from the eastern end of New Guinea that had been referred to schlegeli are actually A. lineaticollis (McDOWELL 1967).
|Etymology||Named after Hermann Schlegel (1804-1884), German herpetologist.|
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