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Dendrelaphis formosus (BOIE, 1827)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Elegant Bronzeback
G: Elegante Bronzenatter 
SynonymDendrophis formosa BOIE 1827: 542
Dendrophis formosa — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 199 (?)
Leptophis formosus — JAN 1863
Dendrophis formosus — BOETTGER 1887
Leptophis formosa — HAGEN 1890: 171
Dendrophis formosus — BOULENGER 1894: 84
Dendrophis formosus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 64
Dendrophis formosus — LIDTH DE JEUDE 1922: 241
Ahaetulla formosa — SMITH 1930
Dendrophis formosus formosus — MEISE & HENNIG 1932
Dendrelaphis formosus — MERTENS 1934
Ahaetulla formosa formosa — HAAS 1950
Ahaetulla formosa — TWEEDIE 1950
Ahaetulla formosa — MCCLURE 1965
Dendrelaphis formosus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 337
Dendrelaphis formosus — COX et al. 1998: 71
Dendrelaphis formosus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 217 
DistributionIndonesia (Bangka, Belitung = Billiton, Java, Kalimantan, Mentawai Archipelago, Riau Archipelago, Sumatra);
Brunei Darussalam;
Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia, incl. Pulau Tioman), Borneo
Singapore;
Thailand

Type locality: Java  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesNeotype: RMNH 877 (designated by VOGEL & VAN ROIIJEN 2007) 
CommentDistribution after David,P. & Vogel,G. (1996). The D. formosus in COX et al. (1998) is actually a D. cyanochloris (fide HIEN et al. 2001) and the record for Pulau Tioman has been replaced accordingly (ROOIJEN & ROOIJEN 2002). D. formosus does occur on Pulau Tioman (GRISMER & GROSSMANN, pers. comm.).

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: arboreal 
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