Gerrhopilus papuanorum KRAUS, 2023
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Gerrhopilus papuanorum?
|Higher Taxa||Gerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Gerrhopilus papuanorum KRAUS 2023|
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Milne Bay Province)|
Type locality: Bunisi Village, NE slope Mt Simpson, 10.0171° S, 149.6002° E, 1420 m a.s.l., Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
|Types||Holotype: BPBM 17236 (field tag FK 7488), adult female obtained from local collector by Fred Kraus on 22 February 2023.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A Gerrhopilus species characterized by the unique combination of having a rounded snout in lateral view; LSR = 22 at midbody; TSR = 407–414; loreal absent; supralabial imbrication pattern T-V; subocular scale one; presubocular scale absent; a sharp, protruding, tail spine that is black basally and corneous distally; 1–5 glands in the prefrontal, 0–4 in the supraocular, 0–3 in the ocular, 18–28 in the preocular, 0 in the frontal, 0–2 in the subocular; L/W = 51.2–53.5; TL/SVL = 0.021–0.026; and a uniformly dark-brown venter. Its size is large for this species group. (Kraus 2023)|
|Etymology||A genitive plural honorific for the people of Papua New Guinea.|
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