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Stegonotus poechi WERNER, 1924

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pöch's groundsnake 
SynonymStegonotus poechi WERNER 1924: 32
Stegonotus poechi — LOVERIDGE 1948: 321
Stegonotus poechi — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994: 75
Stegonotus poechi — KAISER et al. 2018: 49 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Madang Province)

Type locality: From an area Pöch (1908) called Monumbo, the hinterland of Potsdamhafen (ca. 4.2280°S, 144.9333°E fide Kaiser et al. 2018).  
TypesHolotype: NMW 23406, an adult female, collected by Rudolf Pöch between 28 July and 25 November 1904. 
DiagnosisStegonotus poechi has a ventral count near 200 and, due to the broken tail, we are unable to make any statements regarding its subcaudal count or relative tail length. It possesses 19-19-17 dorsals, which is a unique count in the genus Stegonotus and similar to the count featured in some individuals of S. admiraltiensis and S. iridis (17-19-15; see below). A second unique characteristic is SLE = 4+5+6, which we have not seen as either a species-level characteristic or an aberrant count in the specimens we have examined. This high value of SLE is juxtaposed by the lower value of ILG = 4, in combination with a relatively high IL count (10) (Kaiser et al. 2018: 50).

Comparison: For a comprehensive comparison of species, especially to the new species Stegonotus ayamaru, see that entry and Kaiser et al. 2019. 
CommentStatus unknown. Known from only a single specimen. 
EtymologyNamed after Rudolf Pöch, the collector of the holotype. 
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tiedemann,F.; Häupl,M. & Grillitsch,H. 1994. Katalog der Typen der herpetologischen Sammlung nach dem Stand vom 1. Jänner 1994. Teil II: Reptilia. Kat. wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10 (Vertebrata 4): 1-110
  • Werner, F. 1924. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. l. Teil. Sitzungsb. Ber. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 133: 29 - 56 - get paper here
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