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Title: The Sulawesi Black Racer, Coluber (Ptyas) dipsas, and a Remarkable Ectoparasitic Aggregation 
Author: Lazell, James D.; Keirans, James E.; Samuelson, G Allan
Date: 1991-10
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Lazell JD, Keirans JE, Samuelson GA. 1991. The Sulawesi black racer, Coluber (Ptyas) dipsas, and a remarkable ectoparasitic aggregation. Pac Sci 45(4): 355-361.
Abstract: Twelve specimens of the Sulawesi black racer, Coluber (Ptyas)
dipsas, have been reported in the literature; none of these is from American
collections. Morphology and relationships of the snake, based on a fresh
specimen, are discussed. Thirteen ticks of two species, Amblyomma cordiferum
and A. helvolum (Ixodidae), and the beetle Aplosonyx nigripennis (Chrysomelidae)
were recovered from an old wound site on a 1465-mm female Coluber
dipsas from Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. Both tick species are new
island and new host records. There have been no specific plant hosts reported
to date for this beetle, of a phytophagous family.
ISSN: 0030-8870

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