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Tropidonophis dahlii (WERNER, 1899)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesNew Britain keelback 
SynonymTropidonotus (Macropophis) dahlii WERNER 1899: 373
Tropidonotus hypomelas STERNFELD 1913: 386 (part.)
Tropidonophis (Macropophis) melanocephalus WERNER 1925: 47
Natrix melanocephala — LOVERIDGE 1948: 380
Macropophis hypomela — MALNATE 1960: 47 (part.)
Macropophis melanocephala — MALNATE 1960: 47 (part.)
Tropidonophis dahlii — MALNATE & UNDERWOOD 1988: 169
Tropidonophis dahlii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 749 
DistributionIndonesia (Irian Jaya, Otakwa River), Papua New Guinea: Bismarck Archipelago

Type locality: Herbertsgöhe, Neu-Pommern [= New Britain] Map legend:
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TypesLectotype: NMW = NHMV 23488 (designated by MALNATE & UNDERWOOD 1988) 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Dr. Dahl. 
  • 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 Sep 2016, Vol. 50, No. 3: 476-485. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1948. New Guinean reptiles and amphibians in the Museum of Comparative Zoology and United States National Museum. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 101 (2): 305-430. - get paper here
  • Malnate E V; Underwood G 1988. Australasian natricine snakes of the genus Tropidonophis. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES OF PHILADELPHIA 140 (1) : 59-201 - get paper here
  • Malnate, EDMOND V. 1960. Systematic division and evolution of the colubrid snake genus Natrix, with comments on the subfamily Natricinae. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 112 (3): 41-71. - 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
  • Sternfeld, R. 1913. Beiträge zur Schlangenfauna Neuguineas und der benachbarten Inselgruppen. Sber. Ges. naturf. Berlin 1913: 384-388
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner, F. 1899. Beiträge zur Herpetologie der pacifischen Inselwelt und von Kleinasien. I. Bemerkungen über einige Reptilien aus Neu-Guinea und Polynesien. II. Über einige Reptilien und Batrachier aus Kleinasien. Zool. Anz. 22: 371-375, 375-378 - get paper here
  • Werner. F. 1925. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. II. Teil. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 134: 45 - 66 - get paper here
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