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Calamophis sharonbrooksae MURPHY, 2012

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Higher TaxaHomalopsidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Arfak Stout-tailed Snake 
SynonymCalamophis sharonbrooksae MURPHY 2012
Brachyorrhos jobiensis — PETERS & DORIA 1878: 371
Brachyorrhos albus — BOULENGER 1893: 305
Calamophis sharonbrooksae — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 9
Calamophis sharonbrooksae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 143 
DistributionW Papua New Guinea (Indonesia)

Type locality: Mount Arfak, West Papua, Indonesia (~ 1°05'00"S, 133°58'00"E).  
TypesHolotype: MSNG 30193-1, a 315 mm adult male collected by A. A. Bruijn, 1875. Paratype. MSNG 30193-2 an adult male, 316 mm in total length, collected at the type locality. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Robust cylindrical body, tail 9.0 to 9.6% of SVL; upper labials three, four, and five about equal in height; rostral to frontal distance greater than parietal seam; dorsal scales uniform brown—no center spot of dark pigment; ventrals 149–150, subcaudals 17–19 (MURPHY & VORIS 2014). 
CommentThis species is based upon two specimens collected at the same time and same location. 
Etymology— Named in honour of Sharon E. Brooks, for her work on the homalopsid snakes of Tonle Sap, Cambodia. 
  • 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
  • Murphy, John C. 2012. Synonymised and forgotten, the bird’s head stout-tailed snakes, Calamophis Meyer (Squamata: Serpentes: Homalopsidae). The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 60 (2): 515-523 - get paper here
  • O’Shea M and Kaiser H. 2016. The first female specimen of the poorly known Arfak Stout-tailed Snake, Calamophis sharonbrooksae Mur- phy, 2012 (Serpentes: Colubroidea: Homalopsidae), from the Vogelkop Peninsula of Indonesian West New Guinea, with comments on the taxonomic history Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10(2) [General Section]: 1–10 (e122)
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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