Boiga beddomei (WALL, 1909)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Beddome's Cat Snake|
G: Beddomes Nachtbaumnatter
|Synonym||Dipsadomorphus beddomei WALL 1909: 152|
Dipsadomorphus beddomei — WALL 1921: 282
Boiga beddomei — TAYLOR 1950: 576
Boiga beddomei — DAS 1996: 54
Boiga beddomei — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004
Boiga ranawanei SAMARAWICKRAMA, SAMARAWICKRAMA, WIJESENA & ORLOV 2005
Boiga beddomei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 101
|Distribution||Sri Lanka, India (Western Ghats: Maharashtra [Bhimashankar, Mulshi, Koyna ?, Vasota ?], Kerala, Gujarat)|
Type locality: “Ceylon and Western Ghats”, “Ceylon, Kandy, Matheran” (Wall 1909: 152); also given as Trincomalee, Ceylon and Matheran, Bombay (fide Giri et al. 2019). Restricted to Sri Lanka fide Taylor (1950: 576) who mentioned a specimen from Trincomalee.
ranawanei: Sri Lanka; Type locality: Bulawaththa, Gannoruwa Forest, Kandy District, Central Province, Sri Lanka (07°17 16 N 80°35 36 E, elevation: 640 m elevation
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 220.127.116.11, BMNH 18.104.22.168, BMNH 22.214.171.124|
Holotype: Male, SVL 649 mm, LCD (tail length from vent to tip) 250 mm; collected by V. A. M. P. K. Samarawickrama; 10/20/2004 [ranawanei]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis (ranawanei): Medium sized, slender Boiga (SVL + LCD up to 899 and 1105 mm in males and females, respectively) with laterally compressed body. Scale rows oblique (number of dorsal scale rows at body: Sq1, 19, Sq2, 19, Sq3, 15 rows); number of ventrals, of male 259, females 249 – 255; number of subcaudals of male 129 pairs, females 114 –128 pairs; eight-eight supralabials, the third fourth and fifth supralabials entering the orbit; 12 – 12 infralabials; the rostral shield is not very large, slightly visible from above; two anterior temporals and three posterior temporals; two preoculars, reaching the upper surface of head; two postoculars; two nasals. Scales are smooth. Ventral shields have no conspicuous markings.|
|Comment||Synonymy: DE SILVA (1990) and SMITH (1943) considered Boiga beddomei as a synonym of B. ceylonensis. Manamendra-Arachchi & Pethiyagoda (2007) considered Boiga ranawanei as an objective junior synonym of B. beddomei.|
Coloration (ranawanei): The coloration of the back and head is yellowish-brown, consists of wide transverse dark brown bands which do not connect on the underside. Belly is pale yellow, noticeably lighter than dorsal surface with no markings. The color of the tail corresponds to the color of the body with the ventral surface being darker than the belly. On the lateral sides of the head pass two horizontal black stripes across the eyes.
|Etymology||Named after Richard Henry Beddome, 1830–1911, British army officer and botanist.|
Etymology (ranawanei): The species has been named in honor of Dr. K. B. Ranawana, who is currently working extensively on various aspects of wild life ecology in Sri Lanka.
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