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Tropidonophis multiscutellatus (BRONGERSMA, 1948)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMany-scaled keelback 
SynonymNatrix mairii multiscutellata BRONGERSMA 1948: 3
Tropidonotus picturatus — VAN LIDTH DE JEUDE 1897: 254
Tropidonotus mairii — VAN LIDTH DE JEUDE 1911: 269 (part.)
Natrix mairii — HEDIGER 1934: 478
Natrix mairii multiscutellata — LOVERIDGE 1948: 382
Amphiesma mairii — MALNATE 1960: 50 (part.)
Styporhynchus multiscutellatus — MCDOWELL 1984: 19 (part.)
Tropidonophis multiscutellatus - MALNATE & UNDERWOOD 1988: 120
Tropidonophis multiscutellatus — READ 1998
Tropidonophis multiscutellatus cottoni HOSER 2012
Tropidonophis multiscutellatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 751
Tropidonophis cf. multiscutellatus — CLEGG & JOCQUE 2016 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya)

Type locality: Alkmaar, Lorentz River, Irian Jaya. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: RMNH 8669; paratypes: MZB 
CommentSynonymy after MALNATE & UNDERWOOD 1988. 
  • Brongersma, L. D. 1948. A new subspecies of Natrix mairii (Gray) from Dutch New Guinea. Proc. K. Ned. Akad Wet. 51: 372-381
  • 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
  • Daan, S. & Hillenius,D. 1966. Catalogue of the type specimens of amphibians and reptiles in the Zoological Museum, Amsterdam. Beaufortia 13: 117-144
  • Hediger,H. 1934. Beitrag zur Herpetologie und Zoogeographie Neu-Britanniens und einiger umliegender Gebiete. Zool. Jahrb. (Syst.) 65: 389-582
  • Hoser, R.T. 2012. A review of natricine genera Tropidonophis Jan, 1863 and Amphiesma Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854 (Serpentes: Colubroidae [sic]: Natricinae). Australasian J. Herpetol. 13:35–46. - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Mumpuni 2002. The herpetological type specimens in the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense Collection. Hamadryad 27 (1):123-135
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1911. Uitkomsten der Nederlandsche Nieuw-Guinea Expedite in 1907 en 1909. Reptilien (Schlangen). Nova Guinea (Zoologie) 9 (2): 265-287 - 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
  • McDowell, S B 1984. Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 112. The snakes of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. American Museum Novitates (2775): 1-28 - 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
  • 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
  • Van Lidth de Jeude, T.W. 1897. Reptiles and batrachians from New Guinea. Notes from the Leyden Museum 18: 249-257 - get paper here
  • 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.
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