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Chrysopelea rhodopleuron BOIE, 1827

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesChrysopelea rhodopleuron rhodopleuron BOIE 1827
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron viridis FISCHER 1880 
Common NamesE: Moluccan Flying Snake 
SynonymChrysopelea rhodopleuron BOIE 1827: 547
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1045
Leptophis doleschalii JAN (catalogue name)
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron — ISKANDAR & ERDELEN 2006
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron rhodopleuron — DE LANG 2013
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron — WALLACH et al. 2014: 168

Chrysopelea rhodopleuron viridis FISCHER 1880
Chrysopelea viridis FISCHER 1880: 222
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron viridis — DE LANG & VOGEL 2005
Chrysopelea rhodopleuron viridis — KOCH 2012 
DistributionIndonesia (Amboina, Sulawesi)

viridis: Sulawesi

Type locality: Ambon, Indonesia  
TypesLectotype, RMNH 889, a 1490 mm female (C.G.C. Reinwardt, 26 June-19 July 1821).
Holotype: MTD 871 (also given as MTKD), collected by A.B. Meyer [viridis] 
CommentChrysopelea rhodopleuron viridis was described from one specimen that has been destroyed during World War II (fide TILLACK in Sauria 28 (2): 42). It’s status is unclear.

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Boie, F. 1827. Bemerkungen über Merrem's Versuch eines Systems der Amphibien, 1. Lieferung: Ophidier. Isis von Oken 20: 508-566. - get paper here
  • Brongersma, L.D. 1933. Herpetological Notes I-IX. Zoologische Mededelingen 16 (1/2): 1-29 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1880. Neue Reptilien und Amphibien. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 46 (1): 215-227 - 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
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Walter R. Erdelen 2006. Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Indonesia: issues and problems. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 4 (1): 60-87 - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • Kopstein,P.F. 1926. Reptilien von den Molukken und den benachbarten Inseln. Zoologische Mededelingen 1: 71-112 - get paper here
  • Lang, Ruud de 2013. The snakes of the Moluccas (Maluku), Indonesia. Edition Chimaira, 417 pp. - get paper here
  • Lang, Ruud de & G. Vogel 2005. The snakes of Sulawesi. A field guide to the land snakes of Sulawesi with identification keys. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, 25, Frankfurt am Main, 312 pp.
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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.
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