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Gerrhopilus flavinotatus KRAUS, 2023

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymGerrhopilus flavinotatus KRAUS 2023 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Western Province)

Only known from the type locality.

Type locality: Menemsore, 5.88 S, 141.23 E, 1830 m a.s.l., Western Province, Papua New Guinea  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 175100 (field tag Y-31495), adult female collected by Fred Parker on 29 March 1969 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Gerrhopilus species characterized by the unique combination of having a rounded snout in lateral view; LSR = 22 at midbody; TSR = 327; loreal absent; supralabial imbrication pattern T-V; subocular scale one; presubocular scale absent; a sharp, protruding spine on the tail tip that is white; 3 glands in the prefrontal, 6–8 in the supraocular, 0 in the ocular and frontal, 24–28 in the preocular, and 0–4 in the subocular; L/W = 26.6; TL/SVL =0.037; and a dark-brown venter with 2–4 rows of yellow scales mid-ventrally on the posterior half of the body with brown scales scattered in this yellow field. Its size is small for this species group. (Kraus 2023) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a masculine compound adjective from the Latin flavus, meaning yellow, and notatus, meaning mark, in reference to the distinctive ventral color pattern. 
  • Kraus, F. 2023. A revision of Gerrhopilus inornatus (Squamata: Gerrhopilidae) reveals a multi-species complex Zootaxa 5231: 1-23 - get paper here
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