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Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius (BLEEKER, 1860)

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Higher TaxaHomalopsidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Buru Short-tailed Snake 
SynonymRabdion gastrotaenia BLEEKER 1860: 286
Oxyorrhos fusiformis FISCHER 1879
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — MURPHY 2012
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 6
Brachyorrhos gastrotaenius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 124 
DistributionIndonesia (Buru)

Type locality: “Amboina” (= Ambon), in error. Buru – Fakal : ZMA 13.044(3); Rana – ZMA 12.844(3); no specific locality – RMNH 572.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.12.15 (possibly),
Syntype: SMNS 1327(3), reported to be lost in WWII (fide Schluter & Hallermann, 1997), from Buru, but re-discovered by Alexander Kupfer (pers. comm., 18 March 2019); RMNH 3977 (Leiden) from “O-I Archipel” (= East Indies Archipelago) is described as a “co-type” for this species. It has been skinned and scale count data is therefore not available. [Oxyorrhos fusiformis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Six upper labials, fourth (rarely 3+4) in orbit, fifth is tallest; mid-ventral stripe often present. This combination of characters separates this species from all other members of the genus (MURPHY & VORIS 2014). 
CommentSynonymy: has been confused with B. albus. 
EtymologyNamed after the Greek gaster, meaning belly, and the Latin taenia referring to a ribbon, in reference to the mid-line stripe on the venter of this snake. We have changed the suffix of Bleeker’s gastrotaenia so that the gender of the epithet is in agreement with the gender of the genus. 
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  • Murphy, J.C. & Voris, H.K. 2014. A Checklist and Key to the Homalopsid Snakes (Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes), with the Description of New Genera. FIELDIANA: LIFE AND EARTH SCIENCES (8): 1–43 - get paper here
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