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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesMicropechis ikaheca ikaheca (LESSON 1829)
Micropechis ikaheca fasciatus (FISCHER 1884) 
Common NamesNew Guinea small-eyed snake, Ikaheka snake 
SynonymMicropechis ikaheca ikaheca (LESSON 1829)
Coluber ikaheca LESSON in DUPERREY 1829: 54
Trimeresurus ikaheca JAN 1863
Coluber ikaheka PETERS & DORIA 1878 (nomen emendatum)
Micropechis ikaheka — BOULENGER 1896: 346
Micropechis ikaheka — WERNER 1899
Micropechis ikaheka — DE ROOIJ 1917: 270
Pseudechis ikaheka — MCDOWELL 1970
Micropechis ikaheka — GOLAY 1985: 25
Micropechis ikaheka — WELCH 1994: 77
Micropechis ikaheka — GOWER et al. 2012: 105
Micropechis ikaheca — WALLACH et al. 2014: 440

Micropechis ikaheca fasciatus (FISCHER 1884)
Ophiophagus ikaheka var. fasciatus FISCHER 1884: 50
Micropechis ikaheka fasciatus — LOVERIDGE 1948: 391
Micropechis ikaheka fasciatus — HALLERMANN 2007: 29 
DistributionPapua New Guinea,
Batanta, Misool, Jobi, Mios, Num, Mefoor, Mansinam, Valise, Aru Islands
Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Ddore, Irian Jaya  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 7669 
CommentVenomous!

Type species: Coluber ikaheca LESSON 1829 is the type species of the genus Micropechis LESSON 1829. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S.
  • Fischer, J. G. 1884. Herpetologische Bemerkungen. Abh. Nat. Ver. Hamburg 8 (2): 43-51 (3-11)
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • Hallermann, J. 2007. Zur Geschichte der herpetologischen Sammlung des Zoologischen Museums Hamburgs, mit besonderer Berücksichtigung von Dr. Johann Gustav Fischer (1819 - 1889). Sekretär 7 (1): 20-32
  • Krey, K. 2015. Phylogeography and Species Limits in the Papuan White Snake (Micropechis ikaheka) (Reptilia: Serpentes: Elapidae). PhD thesis, Bogor Agricultural University - get paper here
  • Krey, Keliopas; Mark O’Shea, Achmad Farajallah, Dede Setiadi, Bambang Suryobroto 2015. Micropechis ikaheka (Elapidae) in Papua, Indonesia: A Study of Diet and Cannibalism Herpetology Notes 8: 323-328 - get paper here
  • Lesson, R.P. 1830. Description de quelques reptiles nouveaux ou peu connus. In: M.L.I. Duperrey, Voyage Autour du Monde Execute par Ordre du Roi, sur la Corvette de La Majeste, La Coquille, exécuté Pendant les Annees 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825. 2. Zoologie 2 (1). Arthur Bertrand, Paris: 1-65 - get paper here
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1911. Reptilien (Schlangen). Nova Guinea. Résultats de l’expedition scientifique néerlandaise à la Nouvelle Guinée en 1907 sous les auspices de Dr. H.A. Lorenz 9. Leiden (E. J. Brill), pp. 265-287
  • Loveridge, A. 1948. New Guinean reptiles and amphibians in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States National Museum. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 101 (2): 305-430. - get paper here
  • McDowell, Samuel B. 1970. On the status and relationships of the Solomon Island elapid snakes. Journal of Zoology, London 161: 145-190 - get paper here
  • O'Shea, Mark T. 1994. Micropechis ikaheka (small-eyed or Ikaheka snake). Ophiophagy. Herpetological Review 25 (2): 70 - get paper here
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Read, John L. 1998. Reptiles and amphibians of the Kau Wildlife Area near Madang: a valuable conservation resource. Science in New Guinea 23 (3): 145-152
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157 - get paper here
 
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