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Stegonotus keyensis (DORIA, 1874)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kei Islands groundsnake 
SynonymLydodon keyensis DORIA 1874: 351
Stegonotus keyensis — KAISER et al. 2018: 35 
DistributionIndonesia (Kei Islands)

Type locality: “Isole Kei” [the Kei Islands, Maluku Province, Indonesia].  
TypesHolotype. MSNG 7521, most likely an adult male, collected by Odoardo Beccari between 6 July and 4 September 1872. 
DiagnosisComparison: For a comprehensive comparison of species, especially to the new species Stegonotus ayamaru, see that entry and Kaiser et al. 2019.

See also description in Kaiser et al. 2021: 500. 
CommentSynonymy: Listed as a synonym of S. cucullatus by Wallach et al. 2014, but Kaiser et al. 2018 revalidated it. 
EtymologyNamed for the Kei Islands, Maluku Province, Indonesia, where this species is native. 
  • Doria, G. 1875. Enumerazione dei rettili raccolti dal Dott. O. Beccari in Amboina alle Isole Aru ed alle Isole Kei durante gli anni 1872-73. Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova 6: 325-357 [1874] - get paper here
  • Kaiser, Christine M.; Hinrich Kaiser & Mark O'Shea 2018. The taxonomic history of Indo-Papuan groundsnakes, genus Stegonotus Duméril et al., 1854 (Colubridae), with some taxonomic revisions and the designation of a neotype for S. parvus (Meyer, 1874). Zootaxa 4512 (1): 001–073 - get paper here
  • KAISER, CHRISTINE M.; MARK O’SHEA, HINRICH KAISER 2019. A new species of Indo-Papuan groundsnake, genus Stegonotus Duméril et al., 1854 (Serpentes, Colubridae), from the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, Indonesia, with comments on differentiating morphological characters. Zootaxa 4590 (2): 201-230 - get paper here
  • KAISER, H., KAISER, C. M., MECKE, S., & O’SHEA, M. A. R. K. 2021. A new species of Stegonotus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the remnant coastal forests of southern Timor-Leste. Zootaxa, 5027(4): 489-514 - get paper here
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