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The snakes of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. American Museum novitates ; no. 2775

Show simple item record McDowell, Samuel Booker. en_US Archbold Expedition to New Guinea 1964) en_US 2005-10-06T18:14:37Z 2005-10-06T18:14:37Z 1984 en_US
dc.description 28 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 27-28). en_US
dc.description.abstract The snakes known from the Huon Peninsula (from the longitude of Lae eastward) are listed and discussed, mainly on the basis of spcimens collected by the Seventh Archbold Expedition but using other collections as well. The taxonomy of the genus Dendralaphis in the Australian region is discussed and the following species are recognized: D. punctulatus (including D. lineolatus); d. calligastra, D. salomonis, D. lorentzi, D. papuensis (these four have usually been regarded as conspecific); and D. gastrostictus (including D. meeki); hemipenial morphology, dentition, and braincase form are used for discriminating the species. A misidentification of Typhlops inornatus as Ramphotyphlops flaviventer is corrected. The snake fauna, like the frog and lizard faunas previously discussed by Zweifel, is most easily explained as the result of dispersal to a Pliocene island that became joined (probably in the Pleistocene) to the New Guinea mainland, with a lowland fauna occupying this zone of juncture. Little, if any, endemicity is indicated for the Huon snake fauna and there is no special resemblance to the snake fauna of nearby New Britain and Umboi"--P. [1]. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York, N.Y. : American Museum of Natural History en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates ; no. 2775 en_US
dc.subject.lcc QL1 .A436 no.2775, 1984 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Snakes -- Papua New Guinea -- Huon Peninsula. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Snakes -- New Guinea en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- Papua New Guinea -- Huon Peninsula. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Reptiles -- New Guinea en_US
dc.title The snakes of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. American Museum novitates ; no. 2775 en_US
dc.title.alternative Huon Peninsula snakes en_US
dc.type text en_US

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  • American Museum Novitates
    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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