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Boiga beddomei (WALL, 1909)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Beddome's Cat Snake
G: Beddomes Nachtbaumnatter 
SynonymDipsadomorphus beddomei WALL 1909: 152
Dipsadomorphus beddomei — WALL 1921: 282
Boiga beddomei — DAS 1996: 54
Boiga beddomei — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004
Boiga ranawanei SAMARAWICKRAMA, SAMARAWICKRAMA, WIJESENA & ORLOV 2005
Boiga beddomei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 101 
DistributionSri Lanka, India (Western Ghats: Maharashtra [Bhimashankar, Mulshi, Koyna ?, Vasota ?], Kerala, Gujarat)

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 Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesTypes: BMNH
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] 
CommentSynonymy: 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.

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.

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. 
EtymologyNamed 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. 
References
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • De Silva, Anslem 1990. Color Guide to the Snakes of Sri Lanka. WBC Ltd, Bristol & Maeteg, 130 pp.
  • Groen,J. 2008. Het Boiga-genus. Lacerta 66 (1-3): 64-79 - get paper here
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • Kwet, A. 2007. Eine neue Nachtbaumnatter aus Sri Lanka [B. ranawanei]. Draco 7 (30): 92-93 - get paper here
  • MANAMENDRA-ARACHCHI, K. & PETHIYAGODA, R. 2007. Boiga rawanawei, a junior synonym of Boiga beddomei. Zeylanica 7 (1): 123-124
  • Orlov, Nikolai L. and Sergei A. Ryabov 2002. A new species of the genus Boiga (Serpentes, Colubridae, Colubrinae) from Tanahjampea Island and description of "black form" of Boiga cynodon Complex from Sumatra (Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpetol. 9 (1): 33-56 - get paper here
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Samarawickrama, V.A.M.P.K.; Samarawickrama, V.A.P.; Wijesena, N.M. & Orlov, N.L. 2005. A new species of genus Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae: Colubrinae) from Sri Lanka. Russ. J. Herpetol. 12 (3): 213-222 - get paper here
  • VOGEL, GERNOT & S.R. GANESH 2013. A new species of cat snake (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae: Boiga) from dry forests of eastern Peninsular India. Zootaxa 3637 (2): 158–168 - get paper here
  • VYAS, R. & V. PRAJAPATI 2010. Über das Vorkommen von Beddomes Nachtbaumnatter, Boiga beddomei (WALL, 1909) im Bundesstaat Gujarat, Indien. Sauria 32 (4): 67-69 - get paper here
  • Vyas, Raju & Saurabh R. Desai 2010. The records of Beddome’s Cat Snakes (Boiga beddomei) from Purna Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat State, India. Reptile Rap (10): 10-13 - get paper here
  • Wall, FRANK 1921. Ophidia Taprobanica or the Snakes of Ceylon. Colombo Mus. (H. R. Cottle, govt. printer), Colombo. xxii, 581 pages - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1909. Remarks on some forms of Dipsadomorphus. Records of the Indian Museum 3: 151-155 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Whitaker, Romulus<br />and Ashok Captain 2004. Snakes of India. Draco Books, 500 pp., reprinted 2007 - get paper here
 
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