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Pseudorabdion modiglianii DORIA & PETRI, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Modigliani’s dwarf reed snake 
SynonymPseudorabdion modiglianii DORIA & PETRI 2010
Pseudorabdion modiglianii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 607 
DistributionIndonesia (Sumatra)

Type locality: Indonesia, Sumatra Island, Province of Sumatera Barat, Padang  
TypesHolotype: MSNG 55461, female; 1-15.IV.1894, leg. E. Modigliani. 
DiagnosisDescription (holotype). Total length mm 203; tail length mm 10; head length (tip of snout to angle of jaws) mm 5.7; head width mm 4.6; diameter of eye mm 0.8.
Rostral as high as wide, in contact with internasal, nasal and first supralabial; internasals small and triangular, in contact with first and second supralabial, nasal, rostral and prefrontal; nasal undivided in contact with rostral, internasal and first supralabial; loreal, preocular and subocular absent; supraocular and postocular fused; five supralabials higher than long, the fifth is the largest; third and fourth supralabials in contact with eye; five infralabials: first three in contact with anterior chin shields, third and fourth with posterior chin shields; paraparietals bordered by six shields; prefrontals large and irregular square shaped, in contact with internasal, eye, supraocular, frontal, second and third supralabial; frontal large and hexagonal, in contact with prefrontal, supraocular, parietal; parietal twice as long as frontal, in contact with frontal, suprapostocular, paraparietal, fifth supralabial; mental trapezoidal in contact with anterior chin shields and first infralabial; anterior chin shields closed, long and narrow; posterior chin shields short and closed for the first half; three gulars
Dorsal scales smooth and rhomboidal with posterior pit rounded. Dorsal scales uncountable (because the specimen is partially damaged) at one head length behind head, 15 rows at midbody, 15 rows at one head length before vent.
Ventral scales 137 (+4 lost); subcaudal scales 13 paired; anal undivided (Doria & Petri 2010).

Dentition: Nine maxillary teeth, small and not clearly visible (Doria & Petri 2010).

Coloration: Colour in alcohol: uniform brown; ventrals with lighter posterior edge (Doria & Petri 2010).

Comparisons: Doria & Petri 2010 compare the characters of 3 specimens of P. eiselti, 5 P. longiceps, 3 P. modiglianii and P. sirambense in their Table 3. 
CommentThe holotype was found, together with P. cfr. eiselti MSNG 55460, in the stomach of a specimen of Macropisthodon rhodomelas (Boie, 1827) MSNG 54627.

Doria & Petri 2010 did not provide any photos of this species. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet honors Elio Modigliani (1860-1932) who explored Sumatra, Nias, Engano and Mentawai and collected the type series. 
  • Doria, G. & Petri, M. 2010. PSEUDORABDION IN THE MUSEUM OF GENOVA WITH DESCRIPTION OF TWO NEW SPECIES FROM SUMATRA AND A REVISED KEY TO THE GENUS. Annali del Museo Civico di storia naturale “G. Doria” 102: 187-201
  • 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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