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Dendrelaphis girii VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2011

IUCN Red List - Dendrelaphis girii - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDendrelaphis girii VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011
Dendrophis bifrenalis — FERGUSON, 1895
Dendrophis bifrenalis — WALL 1921
Ahaetulla bifrenalis — SMITH 1943
Dendrelaphis pictus bifrenalis — MEISE & HENNING, 1932
Dendrelaphis pictus bifrenalis — MERTENS 1934
Dendrelaphis bifrenalis — MAHENDRA, 1984
Dendrelaphis bifrenalis — DE SILVA 1980
Dendrelaphis bifrenalis — SHARMA 2007
Dendrelaphis bifrenalis — WELCH 1988
Dendrelaphis girii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 217 
DistributionIndia (Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala)

Type locality: Castle Rock, District Belgaum, Karnataka, India. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BNHS = BNHM 3494: adult male 
CommentSynonymy after VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011.

Diagnosis: A species of Dendrelaphis characterized by the combination of: 1) two loreal scales on each side of the head; 2) 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; 3) enlarged vertebral scales; 4) 166-173 ventrals; 5) 140-147 subcaudals; 6) 8-9 supralabials, 2 supralabials border the eye; 7) 6-8 temporal scales; 8) a long sublabial that touches 2-5 infralabials; 9) 1-3 gular rows; 10) a divided anal shield; 11) relative tail-length 0.36-0.37; 12) a black postocular stripe that covers less than a quarter of the temporal region and that barely extends onto the neck; 13) an absent or rudimentarily present pale ventrolateral line.

Behavior: diurnal 
EtymologyNamed after Varad Giri, the curator of the herpetological collection of the Bombay Natural History Society. He contributed enormously to the knowledge of the Indian reptiles by his own research and by making the BNHS collection easily available for all kind of researchers. 
References
  • 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
  • Ganesh, S. R.; M. Arumugam 2016. Species Richness of Montane Herpetofauna of Southern Eastern Ghats, India: A Historical Resume and a Descriptive Checklist Russ. J. Herpetol. 23 (1): 7-24
  • Palot, M.J. 2015. A checklist of reptiles of Kerala, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 7(13): 8010–8022 - get paper here
  • Vogel, Gernot & Johan van Rooijen 2011. A NEW SPECIES OF Dendrelaphis (SERPENTES: COLUBRIDAE) FROM THE WESTERN GHATS - INDIA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 77-85.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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