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Myron karnsi MURPHY, 2011

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Higher TaxaHomalopsidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAru Mangrove Snake 
SynonymMyron karnsi MURPHY 2011
Myron richardsoni — DE ROOIJ 1917: 192
Myron karnsi — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 29
Myron karnsi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 466 
DistributionIndonesia (Aru, Kobroor, Selrutti islands)

Type Locality: Indonesia Aru, Kobroor, Selrutti (about 5°46'S and 134°31'E).  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: SMF 19569. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A melanistic species with 21 scale rows at mid body; a semi-divided nasal scale; the third pair of chin shields are as wide as they are long; all of which will distinguish it from the other new species described here. The black coloration, narrow yellow cross bands, enlarged occipital scales posterior and lateral to the parietals, and keeled scales starting on row 3 (as opposed to row 5 or 6) will separate it from M. richardsonii. 
Comment 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Daryl R. Karns (1949-2011), Hanover College and the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles, Field Museum of Natural History for his contributions to herpetological research and work with homalopsid snakes. Tragically, Daryl’s untimely death occurred before he could learn that a homalopsid snake species new to science was being described in his honor. 
References
  • Collins, Joseph T. 2011. Daryl R. Karns (1949–2011). Journal of Kansas Herpetology 38: 8 - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S.
  • Murphy, J.C. 2011. THE NOMENCLATURE AND SYSTEMATICS OF SOME AUSTRALASIAN HOMALOPSID SNAKES (SQUAMATA: SERPENTES: HOMALOPSIDAE). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 2011 59(2): 229–236 - get paper here
  • Murphy, J.C. & Voris, H.K. 2014. A Checklist and Key to the Homalopsid Snakes (Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes), with the Description of New Genera. FIELDIANA: LIFE AND EARTH SCIENCES (8): 1–43 - 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.
 
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