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Numerous co-types exist. These include the following: BMNH RR. 19188.8.131.52 (1907.10.15.51), altitude 1000 ft; BMNH RR. 19184.108.40.206.30 (1910.3.18.75-79), adult and larvae; BMNH RR. 19220.127.116.11 (1910.3.18.80), skeleton; BMNH RR. 1918.104.22.168 (1910.3.18.74), Mahé; BMNH RR. 1922.214.171.124 (1907.10.15.152), adult, Silhouette; BMNH RR. 19126.96.36.199 (1910.3.18.83), Praslin. These were collected by either J. Stanley Gardiner or J.C. Fryer.
Approximately 190 mm in length; tentacle below and anterior to eye, near lip; eyes in socket visible through skin; tentacle twice as far from the nostrils as from eyes; sutural contact between squamosal and parietal; large choanae; narial plugs on tongue; first collar is distinct with an indistinct transverse dorsal groove and none on the ventral surface; 82 primaries and 74 secondaries with a short unsegmented caudal-most region; dorsally, color is black-brown and the ventral surface is more light brown; a light brown spot surrounds each eye, tentacle, nostril, and vent (modified from Talyor 1968).