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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 Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
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 
References
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  • Boulenger, George A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London, xi, 382 pp. - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
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  • David,P. & Vogel,G. 1996. The snakes of Sumatra. An annotated checklist and key with natural history notes. Bücher Kreth, Frankfurt/M.
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S.
  • Frith,C.B. 1977. A survey of the snakes of Phuket island and adjacent mainland areas of peninsular Thailand. Nat. Hist. Bull. Siam Soc. (Bangkok) 26: 263-316
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