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Toxicocalamus mintoni KRAUS, 2009

IUCN Red List - Toxicocalamus mintoni - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaElapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymToxicocalamus mintoni KRAUS 2009
Toxicocalamus mintoni — O’SHEA et al. 2015 
DistributionPapua New Guinea

Type locality: ridge on W slope of Mt. Rio, 11.49610° S, 153.42413° E, 410 m elevation, Sudest Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 20822 (field tag FK 9717), adult male, collected by J. Slapcinsky, on 21 April 2004. 
CommentKnown only from a single specimen (fide KRAUS 2009).

Not listed by WALLACH et al. 2014.

Habitat: fossorial (digging).

Behavior: diurnal 
EtymologyEtymology.—The species epithet is named for the late Sherman Minton (1919-1999) in recognition of his many contributions to our understanding of venomous snakes. 
  • Bechtel, H. Bernard 1999. Obituaries: In Remembrance of Sherman A. Minton, Jr. 1919—1999. Herpetological Review 30 (4): 202-204. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Kraus, Fred 2009. NEW SPECIES OF TOXICOCALAMUS (SQUAMATA: ELAPIDAE) FROM PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Herpetologica 65 (4): 460 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, Mark; Fred Parker, and Hinrich Kaiser 2015. A New Species of New Guinea Worm-Eating Snake, Genus Toxicocalamus (Serpentes: Elapidae), From the Star Mountains of Western Province, Papua New Guinea, With a Revised Dichotomous Key to the Genus. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 161 (6): 241-264. - get paper here
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