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Chrysopelea paradisi BOIE, 1827

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesChrysopelea paradisi paradisi BOIE 1827
Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis MERTENS 1968
Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis MERTENS 1968 
Common NamesE: Paradise Tree Snake, (Paradise Flying Snake
G: Paradies-Schmuckbaumnatter 
SynonymChrysopelea paradisi H. BOIE in F. BOIE 1827
Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi — MERTENS 1968
Chrysopelea ornata — BOIE 1827 (nec Coluber ornatus SHAW 1802)
Dendrophis ornata (partim) — SCHLEGEL 1837
Leptophis ornatus var. (partim) — CANTOR 1847
Chrysopelea paradisi — SMITH 1943
Chrysopelea paradisi — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 333
Chrysopelea paradisi — COX et al. 1998: 67
Chrysopelea paradisi paradisi — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 161
Chrysopelea paradisi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 168
Chrysopelea paradise — JANIAWATI et al. 2016 (in error)

Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis MERTENS, 1968
Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis — DE LANG & VOGEL 2005
Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis — ISKANDAR & ERDELEN 2006
Chrysopelea paradisi celebensis — WANGER et al. 2011

Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis MERTENS 1968
Chrysopelea paradisi variabilis — GAULKE 2012 
DistributionThailand (incl. Phuket)
Indonesia (Bangka, Belitung, Java, Mentawai Archipelago, Natuna Archipelago, Nias, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra, We, Borneo, Sulawesi, Bali);
Brunei Darussalam; India (Andaman Islands);
Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia, Pulau Pangkor);
Myanmar (Burma)
Philippine Islands (including Sulu Archipelago, Negros Oriental, Panay, Luzon, Cebu, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island);
Singapore

celebensis: Indonesia (Sulawesi).

variabilis: Philippine Islands (including Sulu Archipelago, Panay)

Type locality: Java 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. 
TypesNeotype, RMNH 885, female (H.Boie and Macklot, 1826), designated by Mertens, 1968b: 203. 
CommentThis species was considered a synonym of Chrysopelea ornata (Shaw, 1802) by Schlegel (1837: 235). Most subsequent authors followed him, until Smith (1943: 254) showed that these taxa were distinct species.

Behavior: this is a species that can “glide”. See URL to The Scientist. 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin “paradisus” or Greek “paradeisos” = park (the holotype was probably found in a park). Thus, the name is only indirectly related to “paradise”. 
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