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Gerrhopilus slapcinskyi KRAUS, 2023

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

Type locality: Aalong Dunch River, 5.6 km (by air) NW of Mt Shungol summit, 6.816° S, 146.692° E, 750 m elevation, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 18944 (field tag FK 8467), adult female collected by John Slapcinsky on 20 October 2003 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A Gerrhopilus species characterized by the unique combination of having a rounded snout in lateral view; LSR = 20 at midbody; TSR = 298–318; loreal absent; supralabial imbrication pattern T-V; subocular scale one; presubocular scale absent; a sharp, protruding, tail spine that is black basally and white distally; 1–2 glands in the prefrontal, 0–3 in the supraocular, 4–9 in the ocular, 35–39 in the preocular, 0 in the frontal, 3–4 in the subocular; L/W = 35.5–38.6; TL/SVL = 0.034 in one female and 0.043 in one male; and a uniformly dark-brown venter. Its size is small to moderate for this species group. (Kraus 2023) 
EtymologyNnamed for malacologist John Slapcinsky, who collected the type specimens. 
  • 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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