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Acrantophis dumerili JAN, 1860

IUCN Red List - Acrantophis dumerili - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Sanziniinae, Sanziniidae), Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Dumeril's boa
G: Dumerils Madagaskarboa 
SynonymAcrantophis dumerili JAN 1860
Boa dumerili — BOULENGER 1893: 120
Constrictor dumerili — BARBOUR 1918: 486
Acrantophis madagascariensis dumerili — STULL 1935: 405
Acrantophis dumerili — STIMSON 1969
Acrantophis dumerili — KLUGE 1991: 8
Boa dumerili - KLUGE 1991:48
Acrantophis dumerili — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 327
Boa dumerili — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 185
Acrantophis dumerili — VENCES et al. 2001 
DistributionS Madagascar, Mascarene I, Reunion ?

Type locality: unknown Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: MSNM (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milano) 
CommentDistribution: Reports from Reunion are probably erroneous (WALLACH & GLAW 2009).

Size: Average length 1.25 to 1.45 m, max. up to 2.5 (maybe 3) m (HUFF 1984, WENGLER 1996).

Acrantophis dumerili may be a complex of two species (OROZCO-TERWENGEL et al 2008).

Type species: Acrantophis dumerili JAN 1860 is the type species of the genus Acrantophis JAN 1860. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek “akrantos” = useless or lazy, and Greek” ophis = snake. May have been chosen because the species was found in a state of no or low activity. The species is named after French herpetologist A.M.C. Duméril. 
References
  • Andersson, Lars Gabriel 1910. Reptiles and batrachians from the north-west of Madagascar collected by V. Kaudern, 1906-1907. Arkiv för Zoologi 7 (7): 1-15.
  • Barbour, Thomas 1918. Vertebrata from Madagascar. 2. Amphibia and Reptilia. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 61 (14): 479-489. - get paper here
  • Borer, M. 2009. Acrantophis dumerili – Haltung und Nachzucht der Südlichen Madagaskarboa. Reptilia (Münster) 14 (80): 65-68 - get paper here
  • Borer, Markus 2013. Madagaskarboas Acrantophis und Sanzinia - Lebensweise, Pflege und Fortpflanzung. KUS-Verlag, 136 pp. - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F. & Glaw, K. 2004. Geheimnisvolle Madagaskarboas: Sanzinia und Acrantophis. Draco 5 (19): 37-43 - get paper here
  • Gower, D.; Garrett, K. & Stafford, P. 2012. Snakes. Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY,<br />144 p..
  • Huff, T.A. 1984. The husbandry and propagation of the Madagascar ground boa, Acrantophis dumerili in captivity. Acta Zool. Pathol. Antverpiensia 78: 255-270
  • Interessengemeinschaft Riesenschlangen 2000. Erste Erkenntnisse über die Kennzeichnung von Riesenschlangen mittels Fotodokumentation am Beispiel der südlichen Madagaskarboa, Acrantophis dumerili (JAN 1860). Elaphe 8 (4): 65-70
  • Jan, G. 1860. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 1. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Kluge, A.G. 1991. Boine snake phylogeny and research cycles. Publs Mus Zool Univ Michigan 178: 1-58
  • McDiarmid,R.W.; Campbell,J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Orozco-Terwengel, P., Nagy, Z.T., Vieites, D.R., Vences, M., Louis Jr., E. 2008. Phylogeography and phylogenetic relationships of Malagasy tree and ground boas. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 95, 640–652. - get paper here
  • Philippen, H.D. 2012. Riesenschlangenhaltung im Lauf der Zeit. Terraria Elaphe 2012 (4): 16-21
  • Stull, O.G. 1935. A Checklist of the Family Boidae. Proc. Boston Soc. nat. Hist., 40: 387—408.
  • Van Beest, Piet 2004. Herpetologische waarnemingen op Madagascar - deel 2: Fianarantsoa en verder naar het zuiden. Lacerta 62 (3): 92-103 - get paper here
  • Vences, M. & Glaw, F. 2004. Phylogeography, systematics and conservation status of boid snakes from Madagascar (Sanzinia and Acrantophis). Salamandra 39 (3/4): 181-206 [2003] - get paper here
  • VENCES, M., F. GLAW, J. KOSUCH, W. BÖHME & M. VEITH 2001. Phylogeny of South American and Malagasy Boine snakes: Molecular evidence for the validity of Sanzinia and Acrantophis and biogeographic implications. Copeia 2001 (4): 1151-1154 - get paper here
  • Wallach, V. & Glaw, F. 2009. A new mid-altitude rainforest species of Typhlops (Serpentes: Typhlopidae) from Madagascar with notes on the taxonomic status of T. boettgeri Boulenger, T. microcephalus Werner, and T. capensis Rendahl. Zootaxa 2294: 23–38 - get paper here
  • Wengler, W. 1996. Erfahrungen mit der Haltung und Vermehrung von Acrantophis dumerili. Reptilia (Münster) 1 (1): 46-48 - get paper here
 
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