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Stegonotus batjanensis GÜNTHER, 1865

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBatjan Frog-eating Snake 
SynonymLeptophis batjanensis BLEEKER 1857:473 (nomen nudum)
Coluber (Lielaphis) batjanensis GÜNTHER 1865: 93
Stegonotus batjanensis — BOULENGER 1893: 368
Stegonotus batjanensis — BRONGERSMA 1948: 309
Stegonotus batjanensis — HOW AND KITCHENER 1997
Stegonotus batjanensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 685
Stegonotus batjanensis — KAISER et al. 2018: 23 
DistributionIndonesia (Ambon, Halmahera,Morotai, Batjan = Bacan, Batanta, Salawati, N Maluku islands)

Type locality: Batjan [= Bacan Island, North Maluku Province, Indonesia].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.11.36 (formerly 63.12.4.15), an adult male. 
Diagnosis 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species was named for Batjan (now Bacan) Island, where the holotype was collected. 
References
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L. D. 1948. Frogs and snakes from the island of Morotai (Moluccas).
  • Günther, A. 1865. Fourth account of new Species of Snakes in the Collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 15: 89-98. - get paper here
  • How, R. A.; Kitchner, D. J. 1997. Biogeography of Indonesian snakes. Journal of Biogeography 24 (725-735):
  • Kaiser, Christine M.; Hinrich Kaiser & Mark O'Shea 2018. The taxonomic history of Indo-Papuan groundsnakes, genus Stegonotus Duméril et al., 1854 (Colubridae), with some taxonomic revisions and the designation of a neotype for S. parvus (Meyer, 1874) Zootaxa 4512 (1): 001–073
  • McKay, Lindley and Olga Milenkaya. 2016. Stegonotus batjanensis (Northern Moluccan Ground Snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 47 (2): 316-317 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Setiadi, M. I. & A. Hamidy, 2006. Jenis-Jenis Herpetofauna di Pulau Halmahera. Kerjasama antara Pusat Studi Biodiversitas dan Konservasi Universitas Indonesia dan Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense, Puslit Biologi Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia. - 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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