Description of a Second Species of the Genus Rabdion Duméril, Bibron and Duméril, 1854 (Colubridae: Calamariinae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia

A. A.Thasun Amarasinghe, Gernot Vogel, Jimmy A. McGuire, Irvan Sidik, Jatna Supriatna, Ivan Ineich

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Abstract

We describe a new species of the genus Rabdion based on morphological evidence. The new species, Rabdion grovesi sp. nov., is restricted to South Sulawesi, whereas Rabdion forsteni is widely distributed on the rest of Sulawesi (Indonesia). Rabdion grovesi sp. nov. differs from R. forsteni by having a broader, shallower, and rounded rostral (vs. narrow, deep, and pointed); nasal touched by first and second supralabials (vs. first only); temporals 1 + 2 (vs. 1 + 3); 192 ventrals (vs. 130-157 in males and 152-160 in females); elongate (vs. shorter) dorsal scales; and a bluish gray dorsum (vs. grayish brown) in preservative. Finally, we provide a complete redescription for R. forsteni based on the subadult female syntype, MNHN 7210.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-239
Number of pages6
JournalHerpetologica
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • Pointed Snakes
  • Rabdion forsteni
  • Redescription
  • Taxonomy

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