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Toxicocalamus buergersi (STERNFELD, 1913)

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Buerger’s forest snake 
SynonymUltrocalamus bürgersi STERNFELD 1913: 388
Toxicocalamus (Ultrocalamus) buergersi — MCDOWELL 1969: 482
Toxicocalamus buergersi — WELCH 1994: 113
Toxicocalamus buergersi — KRAUS 2009
Toxicocalamus buergersi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 732
Toxicocalamus buergersi — O’SHEA et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: German New Guinea  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 25232 
CommentHabitat: fossorial (digging)

Behavior: diurnal

EtymologyNamed after Theodore Joseph Burgers (1881-1954), a physician and zoologist who participated in the German Sepik expedition in New Guinea for the museum of Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. He became Professor of Hygiene and Bacteriology in Düsseldorf (1923) and later at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. 
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  • Clegg, Jonathan R. and Merlijn Jocque 2015. The Collection of Snakes Made by Benoît Mys and Jan Swerts in Northern Papua New Guinea in 1982–85. Journal of Herpetology 50 (3): 476-485 [2016] - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2009. NEW SPECIES OF TOXICOCALAMUS (SQUAMATA: ELAPIDAE) FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Herpetologica 65 (4): 460 - get paper here
  • McDowell, Samuel B. 1969. Toxicocalamus, a New Guinea genus of snakes of the family Elapidae. Journal of Zoology, London 159: 443-511 - 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
  • O’Shea, Mark; Allen Allison, Hinrich Kaiser 2018. The taxonomic history of the enigmatic Papuan snake genus Toxicocalamus (Elapidae: Hydrophiinae), with the description of a new species from the Managalas Plateau of Oro Province, Papua New Guinea, and a revised dichotomous key. Amphibia-Reptilia 39 (4): 403-433 - get paper here
  • Sternfeld, R. 1913. Beiträge zur Schlangenfauna Neuguineas und der benachbarten Inselgruppen. Sber. Ges. naturf. Berlin 1913: 384-388
  • 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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