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Toxicocalamus pachysomus KRAUS, 2009

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

Type locality: along Upaelisafupi Stream,10.4970833° S, 150.2329666° E, 715 m, Cloudy Mountains, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.  
TypesHolotype: BPBM 15771 (field tag FK 5368), adult male, collected by F. Kraus on 22 April 2002. 
CommentKnown only from a single specimen (fide KRAUS 2009).

Not listed by WALLACH et al. 2014.

Habitat: fossorial (digging).

Behavior: diurnal

EtymologyThe name is a masculine compound Greek adjective meaning ‘‘having a thick body,’’ in recognition of its most immediately distinctive feature. 
  • 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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