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Ahaetulla prasina (BOIE, 1827)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
SubspeciesAhaetulla prasina prasina (BOIE 1827)
Ahaetulla prasina medioxima LAZELL 2002
Ahaetulla prasina preocularis (TAYLOR 1922)
Ahaetulla prasina suluensis GAULKE 1994 
Common NamesE: Gunther’s whip snake, Oriental Whipsnake, Asian vine snake, Jade Vine Snake
G: Grüne Peitschennatter 
SynonymColuber Nasutus SHAW 1802
Coluber mycterizans - RAFFLES 1822
Dryophis prasinus BOIE 1827
Dryophis prasina — REINWARDT in BOIE 1827
Tragops xanthozonius — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 826 (not of BOIE)
Tragops prasinus — FISCHER 1885: 3
Dryophis prasinus flavescens WALL 1910: 834
Passerita prasina — STEJNEGER 1923
Passerita prasina — MERTENS 1930
Dryophis prasinus chinensis MELL 1930
Ahaetulla prasina — STEJNEGER 1933
Passerita prasina - SMITH 1930
Tragops prasinus - WAGLER 1830
Dryinus prasinus - CANTOR 1847
Drynius [sic] prasinus — KELAART 1854: 138 (in error ?)
Tragops prasinus — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 824
Dryophis prasinus — BOULENGER 1897: 507
Dryophis xanthozona - HOLTZINGER-TENEVER 1919
Dryophis prasinus — SMITH 1943: 375
Dryophis prasinus — HENDRICKSON 1966: 67
Ahaetulla prasina — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 311
Ahaetulla prasina — COX et al. 1998: 69
Ahaetulla prasina — GAULKE 1999
Ahaetulla prasinus — SHARMA 2004
Ahaetula [sic] prasina — WONING 2004

Ahaetulla prasina preocularis (TAYLOR 1922)
Dryophis preocularis TAYLOR 1922: 222
Ahaetulla prasina preocularis — MCLEOD et al. 2011
Ahaetulla prasina preocularis — DEVAN-SONG & BROWN 2012
Ahaetulla prasina preocularis — BROWN et al. 2013 
DistributionIndia (Sikkim, Assam; Arunachal Pradesh (Miao - Changlang district, Chimpu, Itanagar - Papum Pare district)), Bhutan
Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand (incl. Phuket), Cambodia; Laos; Vietnam, Malaysia (incl. Pulau Tioman, Johor: Pulau Besar), Singapore,
China (Hong Kong, westward through Guizhou and Yunnan to SE Xizang = Tibet),
Indonesia (Borneo, Celebes = Sulawesi, Anamba Archipelago, Bali, Bangka, Belitung, Butung, Java, Kalimantan, Lombok, Mentawai Archipelago, Natuna Archipelago, Nias, Riau Archipelago, Sangihe Archipelago, Sebuku, Simeulue, Sula Archipelago, Sulawesi, Sumatra, Sumbawa, Ternate, We);
Bangladesh; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam;Hong Kong;
Philippine Islands (including Palawan: Calamian Islands, Panay);

medioxima: China

preocularis: Philippine Islands (Sulu Archipelago, Panay, Luzon). Tye locality: Bunawan, Agusan Province, Mindanao Island; type in Carnegie Museum.

suluensis: Philippine Islands, Sulu Archipelago

Type locality: Java 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: RMNH, Leiden Museum
Syntype: BNHM 1976 [flavescens] 
CommentSynonymy partly after STEJNEGER 1933.

Highly variable species with green, grey, yellow, and brownish color phases.

Behavior: diurnal.

Reproduction: viviparous.

Mildly venomous but usually harmless for humans.

Illustration: cover picture of The EMBO Journal (20 July 2011). 
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