Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius (BLEEKER, 1860)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius?
|Higher Taxa||Homalopsidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Buru Short-tailed Snake|
|Synonym||Rabdion gastrotaenia BLEEKER 1860: 286|
Oxyorrhos fusiformis FISCHER 1879
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — MURPHY 2012
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 6
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 124
Type locality: “Amboina” (= Ambon), in error. Buru – Fakal : ZMA 13.044(3); Rana – ZMA 12.844(3); no specific locality – RMNH 572.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 6312425.|
Syntypes: SMNS 1327(3) lost in WWII (fide Schluter & Hallermann, 1997) [Oxyorrhos fusiformis], from Buru; RMNH 3977 (Leiden) from “O-I Archipel” (= East Indies Archipelago) is described as a “co-type” for this species. It has been skinned and scale count data is therefore not available.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Six upper labials, fourth (rarely 3+4) in orbit, fifth is tallest; mid-ventral stripe often present. This combina- tion of characters separates this species from all other members of the genus (MURPHY & VORIS 2014).|
|Comment||Synonymy: has been confused with B. albus.|
|Etymology||— The epithet gastrotaenius is derived from the Greek gaster, pertaining to the belly, and the Latin taenia referring to a ribbon, in reference to the mid-line stripe on the venter of this snake. We have changed the suffix of Bleeker’s gastrotaenia so that the gender of the epithet is in agreement with the gender of the genus.|