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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesBoiga ochracea ochracea (THEOBALD 1868)
Boiga ochracea stoliczkae (WALL 1909)
Boiga ochracea walli SMITH 1943 
Common NamesE: Tawny Cat Snake
G: Stoliczkas Nachtbaumnatter 
SynonymDipsas ochraceus THEOBALD 1868: 53
Dipsas ochraceus — GÜNTHER 1868: 425
Dipsas hexogonatus STOLICZKA 1871 (non BLYTH)
Dipsadomorphus hexogonotus — BOULENGER 1896 (non BLYTH)
Boiga ochracea — SMITH 1943: 348
Boiga ochraceus — DAS 1996: 54
Boiga ochraceus — GROEN 2008
Boiga ochracea — WALLACH et al. 2014: 106

Boiga ochracea walli SMITH 1943
Boiga ochracea cf. walli — MAHONY & ALI REZA 2007
Boiga ochracea walli — MAHONY et al. 2009
Boiga walli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 106

Boiga ochracea stoliczkae (WALL 1909)
Dipsadomorphus stoliczkae WALL 1909: 155
Boiga stoliczkae — SHAW 1940
Boiga ochracea stoliczkae — KRAMER 1977: 735 
DistributionBurma (= Myanmar), Bhutan, Nepal, India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Sikkim, West Bengal), Andaman Islands

stoliczkae: C Nepal, Sikkim, N Myanmar; Type locality: “near Darjeeling, Burma”

walli: Bangladesh, S Myanmar, Andaman Islands 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. 
TypesTypes: BMNH; stoliczkae: BMNH 
CommentSynonymy after SMITH 1943. “Wall has pointed out (1909) that Blyth’s hexagonatus is a juvenile specimen of cyanea, but his wish to retain the name hexagonatus by transferring the authorship to Stoliczka is not possible under the Rules of Nomenclature. The name hexagonatus must become a synonym of cyanea, and the next one available is Günther’s ochracea.” (cited after SMITH 1943)

Note that the original name has been cited as Dipsas ochraceus GÜNTHER 1868 or Dipsas ochraceus THEOBALD in GÜNTHER 1868. However, the paper by Theobald seems to have been published before that of Günther (and Günther actually refers to Theobald in his paper although without providing a published source). 
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