Stegonotus poechi WERNER, 1924
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Stegonotus poechi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Pöch's groundsnake|
|Synonym||Stegonotus poechi WERNER 1924: 32|
Stegonotus poechi — LOVERIDGE 1948: 321
Stegonotus poechi — TIEDEMANN et al. 1994: 75
Stegonotus poechi — KAISER et al. 2018: 49
|Distribution||Papua 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).
|Types||Holotype: NMW 23406, an adult female, collected by Rudolf Pöch between 28 July and 25 November 1904.|
|Diagnosis||Stegonotus 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.
|Comment||Status unknown. Known from only a single specimen.|
|Etymology||Named after Rudolf Pöch, the collector of the holotype.|
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