Toxicocalamus holopelturus MCDOWELL, 1969
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Toxicocalamus holopelturus?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Mt Rossel forest snake|
|Synonym||Toxicocalamus (Apistocalamus) holopelturus MCDOWELL 1969: 467|
Toxicocalamus holopelturus — WELCH 1994: 113
Toxicocalamus holopelturus — KRAUS 2009
Toxicocalamus holopelturus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 732
Toxicocalamus holopelturus — O’SHEA et al. 2015
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea (Rossel Island)|
Type locality: Mt. Rossel, Rossel Island, Milne Bay Province.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 76660|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Toxicocalamus holopelturus differs from all other members of the genus in having all but the first one of the subcaudals undivided and in having the mid-dorsal scale row of the body continued to the end of the tail; it further differs from members of the subgenera Toxicocalamus and Ultrocalamus in having a well developed postorbital, entry of the frontal into the orbital rim, and distinct preocular scute; from other members of the sub-genus Apistocalamus it differs particularly in much greater number of body-segments, as indicated by the total of ventrals plus subcaudals (285 in T. holope/turus, against 252 or fewer in other members of the subgenus Apistocalamus).|
|Comment||Habitat: fossorial (digging)|
|Etymology||Named after its undivided, subcaudal scales (excepting the 1st subcaudal posterior to the paired anal plate), from Greek “holos” = entire; Greek “pelte” = small shield; Greek “urus” = of the tail.|
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