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Rabdion grovesi AMARASINGHE, VOGEL, MCGUIRE, SIDIK, SUPRIATNA & INEICH, 2015

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Groves’ Pointed Snake 
SynonymRabdion grovesi AMARASINGHE, VOGEL, MCGUIRE, SIDIK, SUPRIATNA & INEICH 2015 
DistributionIndonesia (South Sulawesi)

Type locality: Awan Village, Rindingalo, Tana Torja, Province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia, (2°51’20.53"S, 119°48’30.04"E; datum = WGS84; 2150 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. MZB 2679, Adult male; field number JAM 2885), collected on 10 August 2000 by J. McGuire, R.M. Brown, and M. Williams. 
CommentDiagnosis. Rabdion grovesi sp. nov. can be distin- guished from R. forsteni (the other member of the genus; characters in parentheses) by having a broader, shallower, and rounded rostral (narrow, deep, and pointed), nasal in contact with the first and second supralabials (first only), temporals 1 + 2 (1 + 3), 192 ventrals (130–160), 19 subcaudals (21–34), elongate dorsal scales (shortened), and a yellow ventrolateral wavy band and bluish-gray dorsum in preservative (cream ventrolateral and grayish-brown dorsum). Other distinguishing characters of the new species are the larger body size, SVL 490 mm (SVL 123–390 mm); and shorter tail, relative TL 5.8% (TL 10.0–17.0%). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in the genitive singular case, honoring professor Colin Peter Groves (Australian National University) for his generous friendship and support of the first author. The dedication that Professor Groves has exhibited to the fields of primatology, biological anthropology, and biogeography, and his regular participation in debates with antievolutionists are highly commendable. 
References
  • Amarasinghe, A.A. Thasun; Gernot Vogel, Jimmy A. McGuire, Irvan Sidik, Jatna Supriatna, and Ivan Ineich 2015. Description of a Second Species of the Genus Rabdion Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854 (Colubridae: Calamariinae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia Herpetologica Sep 2015, Vol. 71, No. 3: 234-239. - get paper here
 
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