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Corallus blombergi (RENDAHL & VESTERGREN, 1940)

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Boinae), Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Blomberg’s Tree Boa
G: Blomberg-Baumboa 
SynonymBoa annulata blombergi RENDAHL & VESTERGREN 1940
Corallus annulata blombergi — PETERS 1957
Corallus annulatus blombergi — STIMSON 1969
Corallus blombergi — HENDERSON et al. 2001
Corallus blombergi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 183
Corallus blombergi — REYNOLDS & HENDERSON 2018: 17 
DistributionEcuador, Colombia (Nariño)

Type locality: Rio Zamora, E. Ecuador (likely in error fide HENDERSON et al. 2001)  
TypesHolotype: NRM (also as NRS = RMS) 3141, adult 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Corallus blombergi is distinguishable from members of the C. hortulanus complex (C. cookii, C. grenadensis, C. hortulanus, C. ruschenbergerii) by the combination of presence or absence of nasal contact (usually contact in C. hortulanus complex, usually not in C. blombergi) and number of subcaudals (94–137 in C. hortulanus complex, 76–86 in C. blombergi). It is distinguishable from C. cropanii on the basis of maximum number of dorsal scale rows (<35 in C. cropanii, 50–55 in C. blombergi), and from C. caninus on the basis of maximum number of dorsal scale rows (63–77 in C. caninus), and ventrals (251–269 in C. blombergi, 186–209 in C. caninus). See the ‘Diagnosis’ for C. annulatus for comparisons with that species [HENDERSON et al. 2001]. 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the holotype, Rolf Blomberg. 
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