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Gerrhopilus papuanorum KRAUS, 2023

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Higher TaxaGerrhopilidae, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymGerrhopilus papuanorum KRAUS 2023 
DistributionPapua 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.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 17236 (field tag FK 7488), adult female obtained from local collector by Fred Kraus on 22 February 2023. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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) 
EtymologyA genitive plural honorific for the people of Papua New Guinea. 
  • 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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