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Boiga bengkuluensis ORLOV, KUDRYAVTZEV, RYABOV & SHUMAKOV, 2003

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymBoiga bengkuluensis ORLOV, KUDRYAVTZEV, RYABOV & SHUMAKOV 2003
Boiga bengkuluensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 101
Boiga bengkuluensis — WEINELL et al. 2021 
DistributionIndonesia (Sumatra, Bengkulu Province)

Type locality: Rejiang (region around Curup and Kapahiang Towns), Rejianglebong Prefecture, Bengkulu Province, Sumatra, Indonesia; 3°28 S, 102°32 E; 500 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: ZMMU R-10416, female, collected by Sergei Kudryavtsev and Sergei Mamet; 23.4.2004 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Large, slender boiga (SVL of female 1285 mm, Lcd, 388 mm) with laterally compressed body, with a strongly enlarged central row of dorsal scales. The head is large, not wide. Scale rows oblique [Sq1, 19, Sq2, 19, Sq3, 15 rows]; V, 261; Scd, 146 pairs; anal plate entire; eight – eight supralabials, the third, fourth and fifth supralabials entering the orbit; 13 – 12 infralabilas; the rostral shield is not very large, slightly visible from above; loreal shield is large, squarish; three anterior temporals, four posterior temporals; one large preocular, not reaching the upper surface of the head; two large postoculars; symphisial is relatively small, triangular; large genials, anterior genial shields are noticeably larger than the posterior genial shields. Scales are smooth. Ventral shields have by sides well expressed fold forming almost right angle; three dark stripes pass along these folds and middle of belly. 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality in Bengkulu Province. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Orlov, Nikolai L.; Sergei V. Kudryavtzev; Sergei A. Ryabov, and Oleg V. Shumakov 2003. A NEW SPECIES OF GENUS Boiga (SERPENTES: COLUBRIDAE: COLUBRINAE) AND COLOR ATLAS OF BOIGAS FROM BENGKULU PROVINCE (SUMATRA, INDONESIA). Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): 31-52 - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Weinell, J. L., Barley, A. J., Siler, C. D., Orlov, N. L., Ananjeva, N. B., Oaks, J. R., ... & Brown, R. M. 2020. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeographic range evolution in cat-eyed snakes, Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society - get paper here
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