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Macrocalamus schulzi VOGEL & DAVID, 1999

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymMacrocalamus schulzi VOGEL & DAVID 1999
Macrocalamus sp. — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 172
Macrocalamus schulzi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 418
Macrocalamus schulzi — QUAH et al. 2019 
DistributionMalaysia (Cameron Highlands, 1000-1800 m elevation in wet, forested mountains)

Type locality: Tanah Rata (4°29'N, 101°23'E), Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia.  
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 51159, paratype: ZRC 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Adults reach 342 mm SVL, 399 mm TL. Head triangular, strongly tapered, indistinct from neck; rostral longer than broad, triangular, visible from above, separating nasals and contacting prefrontals; internasals absent; nasals entire, pentagonal; nostril piercing lower margin of nasal, adjacent to upper margin of first supralabial; one pair of prefrontals; one preocular; one supraocular; one postocular; suboculars absent; 1 + 2 temporals; one elongate loreal; eight supralabials, with second, third and fourth touching loreal scale, fourth and fifth entering orbit; seven infralabials, first pair in contact, first to fourth touching first chin shield; 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; dorsal scales smooth; 114–136 ventrals (males 114–125, females 119–136); single cloacal scale; 17–31 divided subcaudals (males 23–31, females 17–27) (Vogel & David, 1999; David & Pauwels, 2004; Quah et al. 2019). 
EtymologyNamed after Klaus-Dieter Schulz (1957-2019), German amateur herpetologist who published many important observations on the genus Elaphe (s.l.). He is best known for his reference monography on the genus (Schulz 1996). For obituaries see Gumprecht 2020 and Hörold 2020. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Böhme, Wolfgang 2014. Herpetology in Bonn. Mertensiella 21. vi + 256 pp. - get paper here
  • Chan-ard,T.; Grossmann,W.; Gumprecht,A. & Schulz,K. D. 1999. Amphibians and reptiles of peninsular Malaysia and Thailand - an illustrated checklist [bilingual English and German]. Bushmaster Publications, Würselen, Gemany, 240 pp. [book review in Russ. J Herp. 7: 87] - get paper here
  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
  • David, P. & Pauwels, O.S.G. 2004. A re-evaluation of the taxonomy of Macrocalamus lateralis Günther, 1864 (Serpentes: Colubridae), with the descriptions of two new species. Raffl. Bull. Zool., 52(2): 635-645 - get paper here
  • Gumprecht, Andreas 2020. Nachruf auf Klaus-Dieter Schulz. Sauria 42 (1): 77-78
  • Hörold, Ralf 2020. KLAUS-DIETER SCHULZ (17.06.1957 - 8.12.2019) Ein Nachruf. Ophidia 14 (1): 31-32
  • Quah, Evan S H; Shahrul Anuar, Lee L Grismer, Perry L Wood, Siti Azizah Mohd Nor 2019. Systematics and natural history of mountain reed snakes (genus Macrocalamus; Calamariinae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 188: 1236 - 1276 - get paper here
  • Vogel, G. & P. David 1999. A revision of the genus Macrocalamus (Serpentes: Colubridae), with description of a new species and a key to the genus. Raffles Bull. Zool., 47 (2): 309-332 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Yaakob, Norsham Suhaina and Boo Liat Lim 2002. A new species of mountain reed snake, Macrocalamus gentingensis, from Genting Highlands, Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia. Hamadryad 27 (1):83-89 - get paper here
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