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Oligodon wagneri DAVID & VOGEL, 2012

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Wagner’s kukri Snake
F: Oligodon de Wagner
Indonesian: Kepel Nias 
SynonymOligodon wagneri DAVID & VOGEL 2012 
DistributionIndonesia (Nias)

Type locality: “Poulo Nias”, i.e. Pulau Nias (Nias Island), Nias Archipelago, Sumatera Utara Province, off the northern part of the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 1891.0233, juvenile male, collected by Mr. Jules Claine and deposited on July 23rd, 1891. 
CommentDiagnosis. A species of the genus Oligodon characterized by the combination of: (1) 9 maxillary teeth, the last three strongly enlarged; (2) hemipenes not forked, thin and long, reaching 18th SC, covered with spines basally and flounces distally; (3) 15–15–15 DSR; (4) anal plate entire, (5) internasals and loreals present; (6) 7 supralabials, 3rd–4th entering orbit; (7) dorsal pattern made of 14 narrow, white crossbars on the body and 4 on the tail, alternating with three irregular white reticulations; and (7) venter heavily covered with subrectangular dark brown blotches [DAVID & VOGEL 2012].

Conservation: This species is known only from its holotype, collected in 1891. 
EtymologyThis new species is named in honour of Mr. Frederick W. Wagner, who noticed the distinct specific status of this new species and for his contribution to the systematics of the genus Oligodon. Although unpublished, his works (Wagner 1975, 1976) are good bases to the taxonomy of this difficult genus. 
References
  • DAVID, PATRICK & GERNOT VOGEL 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Pulau Nias, Indonesia. Zootaxa 3201: 58–68
 
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