Toxicocalamus longhagen ROBERTS, IOVA & AUSTIN, 2022
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Toxicocalamus longhagen?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae (Hydrophiinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Toxicocalamus longhagen ROBERTS, IOVA & AUSTIN 2022 (nomen dubium)|
|Distribution||Papua New Guinea|
Type locality: Dobel, Mt. Hagen Town, -5.837603, 144.278022, 1,650 meters a.s.l.
|Types||Holotype. PNGM 22160, 25 February 1967, collector unknown.|
|Comment||Kraus et al. 2023 argued that T. longhagen is a nomen dubium as it is inadequately diagnosed from several other members of the T. loriae group. As a consequence, it cannot be determined at this time whether the name denotes a valid taxon or a synonym of another species of the T. loriae Group.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet, longhagen, is a combination of “long” – a Tok Pisin word meaning ‘from’ and “hagen” that refers to the type locality of Mt. Hagen Town (Fig. 1). Tok Pisin is a uniting and official language of Papua New Guinea, the most linguistically complex region on the planet with more than 800 unique languages (Foley 2010).|