Gerrhopilus lorealis KRAUS, 2023
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus lorealis?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Gerrhopilus lorealis KRAUS 2023|
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Morobe Province)|
Type locality: Upper Watut River near Bulolo, 7.28 S, 146.56 E, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
|Types||Holotype: BPBM 2772 (erroneously given as 2272 in the paper, F. Kraus, pers. comm., 13 Feb 2023)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A Gerrhopilus species characterized by the unique combination of having a rounded snout in lateral view; LSR = 22 at midbody; TSR = 380; loreal present; supralabial imbrication pattern T-V; subocular scale one; presubocular scale absent; a sharp, protruding spine on the tail tip that is yellow; 4 glands in the prefrontal, 8–9 in the supraocular, 4 in the ocular, 29–34 in the preocular, 0 in the frontal, and 7–8 in the subocular; L/W = 50.3; TL/SVL = 0.032; and a dark-brown venter with 1–3 mid-ventral scale rows on the posterior half of the body yellow. Its size is moderate for this species group. (Kraus 2023)|
|Etymology||A Latinized masculine adjective of the English loreal in recognition of the most|
distinctive feature of this species.
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