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Parapistocalamus hedigeri ROUX, 1934

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Bougainville or Hediger’s coral snake 
SynonymParapistocalamus hedigeri ROUX 1934
Parapistocalamus hedigeri — MCCOY 2000
Parapistocalamus hedigeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 532 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Bougainville Isd.), Solomon Islands [McCoy 2000]

Type locality: Buin, s. Bougainville Island, N Solomons Province  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: NMBA 11967 
CommentEndemic to Bougainville (O’Shea, pers. comm.).

Habitat: terrestrial (Ineich 2009)


Type species: Parapistocalamus hedigeri ROUX 1934 is the type species of the genus Parapistocalamus ROUX 1934. 
EtymologyNamed after Heini Hediger (1908-1992), Swiss zoologist. 
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  • Ineich, I. 2009. The terrestrial herpetofauna of Torres and Banks Groups (northern Vanuatu), with report of a new species for Vanuatu. Zootaxa 2198: 1-15 - get paper here
  • McCoy, M. 2000. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. ZooGraphics, Kuranda (Australia), CD-ROM.
  • McCoy, M. 2006. Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Pensoft Series Faunistica 57, 212 pp.
  • McCoy, M. 2015. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of the Solomon Islands. Michael McCoy, Kuranda - 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
  • Roux, J. 1934. Contribution à la connaissance de la faune erpétologique des îles Salomon. [in 3 parts]. Verh. naturg. Ges. Basel, 45: 77-81
  • Strickland, J. L., Carter, S., Kraus, F. and Parkinson, C. L. 2016. Snake evolution in Melanesia: origin of the Hydrophiinae (Serpentes, Elapidae), and the evolutionary history of the enigmatic New Guinean elapid Toxicocalamus. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.doi: 10.1111/zoj.12423 - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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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