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Stegonotus diehli LINDHOLM, 1905

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesDiehl’s little ground snake 
SynonymStegonotus diehli LINDHOLM 1905
Stegonotus dorsalis WERNER 1924: 32
Stegonotus diehli — O’SHEA 1996
Stegonotus adelynhoserae HOSER 2012
Stegonotus diehli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 685
Stegonotus diehli — KAISER et al. 2018: 45
Stegonotus dorsalis — KAISER et al. 2018: 48 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: Bogadjim, Madang Province [= Bogadjim, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, ca. 5.45°S, 145.75°E]  
TypesHolotype: MWNH 1244 (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Holotype: NMW 14861, an adult male, unknown origin but probably from near Bogia, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea fide Kaiser et al. 2018 [dorsalis] 
CommentSynonymy: Listed as synonym of S. diehli by Wallach et al. 2014. Kaiser et al. 2018 resurrected Stegonotus dorsalis as valid species. However, given that it is only known from a single specimen of uncertain origin, we leave it in the synonymy of S. diehli for the time being.
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  • 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
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  • Read, John L. 1998. Reptiles and amphibians of the Kau Wildlife Area near Madang: a valuable conservation resource. Science in New Guinea 23 (3): 145-152
  • 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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