Dendrelaphis ashoki VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dendrelaphis ashoki?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Ashok’s bronzeback tree snake|
|Synonym||Dendrelaphis ashoki VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011|
Dendrelaphis ashoki — WALLACH et al. 2014: 215
Type Locality.—Anamalais, India. Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: CAS 17222, (adult female); coll. R. H. Beddome date unknown.|
|Comment||Diagnosis.—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.|
|Etymology||This 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].|
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