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Boiga forsteni (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Forsten's Cat Snake
G: Forsteins Katzennatter
Hindi: Dâluâ nâga 
SynonymTriglyphodon forsteni DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 1077
Triglyphodon tessellatum DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 1082
Dipsas forsteni — JAN 1863:104
Dipsas tessellata — JAN 1863:104
Dipsas forsteni — GÜNTHER 1864
Dipsas forsteni var. ceylonensis ANDERSON 1871: 187
Dipsas cynodon, variety — MÜLLER 1878:689
Dipsadomorphus forsteni — BOULENGER 1890
Dipsadomorphus forsteni — WALL 1921: 285
Boiga forsteni — WALL 1921
Boiga forsteni — SMITH 1943: 358
Boiga forsteni haematus DERANIYAGALA 1955:54
Boiga forsteni leucohaematus DERANIYAGALA 1960: 37
Boiga forsteni — DAS 1996: 54
Boiga forsteni — GROEN 2008
Boiga forsteni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 103 
DistributionNepal, Sri Lanka, India (Sikkim, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh to Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, S Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand)

Type locality: unknown fide TAYLOR 1950. 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.
 
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: RMNH, a 1472 mm specimen (Forsten). Another type is claimed by NMSL (Kandamby 1997). 
CommentVenomous!

Distribution: records from Sikkim represent Boiga siamensis (= B. ocellata). Darjeeling records of B. forsteni may turn out to be B. siamensis too and records from Assam turned out to be B. gokool. Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012).

Synonymy partly after MOHAPATRA et al. 2010. 
EtymologyNamed in honour of Mr. Forsten. 
References
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