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Dendrelaphis ashoki VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2011

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ashok’s bronzeback tree snake 
SynonymDendrelaphis ashoki VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011
Dendrelaphis ashoki — WALLACH et al. 2014: 215
Dendrelaphis ashoki — AENGALS et al. 2022 
DistributionIndia (Kerala)

Type Locality: Anamalais, India.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 17222, (adult female); coll. R. H. Beddome date unknown. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Dendrelaphis, characterized by the combination of (1) vertebral scales enlarged, smaller than or equal to the dorsals of the first row; (2) 164–180 ventrals; (3) 151–162 divided subcaudals; (4) 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; (5) anal shield divided; (6) one loreal scale; (7) two to four supralabials touching the eye; (8) a long first sublabial that touches three to five infralabials; (9) 9–14 temporal scales; (10) two postoculars; (11) maximum total length 102.5 cm; (12) Rel TAIL 0.37–0.40; (13) a black temporal stripe that starts on the postnasal or loreal, covers the majority of the temporal region and extends onto the neck; (14) a faint, light ventrolateral stripe not bordered by black lines.
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyThis species is named in honor of Ashok Captain (Pune, India), for his outstanding contributions to the knowledge of the snake fauna of India. “Ashok was always very helpful, and his fine photographs delight the whole herpetological community” [from VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011]. 
  • Aengals, R.; S.R. Ganesh, P.G.S. Sethy, J. Samson Kirubakaran, M. Ahamed Jerith, M. Satheeshkumar, A. Thanigaivel & Gernot Vogel 2022. FIRST CONFIRMED DISTRIBUTION RECORDS OF Dendrelaphis bifrenalis (BOULENGER, 1890) (REPTILIA: COLUBRIDAE) IN INDIA, WITH A REVISED KEY TO THE SOUTHERN INDIAN FORMS. Taprobanica 11 (1): 25-32
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles. Privately published, 24 pp.
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • CHANDRAMOULI, S.R. & S.R. GANESH 2012. Neue Nachweise von Bronzenattern (Serpentes: Colubridae: Dendrelaphis) aus den zentralen Western Ghats Indiens und ein überarbeiteter Schlüssel zu den südindischen Formen. Sauria 34 (2): 59-62 - 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
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Vogel, Gernot and Johan van Rooijen 2011. Contributions to a Review of the Dendrelaphis pictus (Gmelin, 1789) Complex (Serpentes: Colubridae)—3. The Indian Forms, with the Description of a New Species from the Western Ghats. Journal of Herpetology 45 (1): 100-110. - 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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