Sunday, July 13, 2014

Arfak Stout-tailed Snake. Calamophis sharonbrooksae, Murphy, 2012



Calamophis sharonbrooksae Murphy, 2012: 521. Holotype: MSNG 30193–1. Type locality: Mt. Arfak, West Papua, Indonesia.

Brachyorrhos jobiensis – Peters and Doria, 1878: 371.

Distribution: Known only from type locality.

Diagnosis: A fangless homalopsid. Robust cylindrical body, tail 9.0 to 9.6% of SVL; upper labials three, four and five about equal in height; rostral to frontal distance greater than parietal seam; dorsal scales uniform brown – no center spot of dark pigment; ventrals 149–150, subcaudals 17–19.

 Probably aquatic-fossorial. Diet unknown.

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