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Dendrelaphis oliveri (TAYLOR, 1950)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesOliver's Bronzeback 
SynonymAhaetulla oliveri TAYLOR 1950: 555
Dendrelaphis oliveri — DAS 1996: 55
Dendrelaphis olivieri [sic] — JANZEN et al. 2007
Dendrelaphis oliveri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 219 
DistributionSri Lanka

Type locality: 12 miles north of Trincomalee, Ceylon. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: FMNH 123726; (formerly EHT-HMS No. 30388) collected in 1944 by E. H. Taylor. 
CommentKnown only from its type specimen.

Diagnosis. Three labials, the fourth, fifth and sixth entering the eye; loreal absent; nasal divided at least partially; the posterior part largest and a little lower than anterior; temporals 1 + 1 + 3; vertebral scales enlarged, smaller than scales of outer row; a lateral black headstripe continues through eye and to base of tail; a white line beginning on supralabials continues on the first and second scale rows, occupying most of first and lower half of second scale row; this bordered below by a black line beginning on neck and continuing to base of tail; tail gray without stripes (from TAYLOR 1950).

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: arboreal 
References
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Das, I. & De Silva, A. 2005. Photographic guide to snakes and other reptiles of Sri Lanka. New Holland Publishers, 144 pp.
  • Das,I. 1996. Biogeography of the Reptiles of South Asia. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida
  • de Silva, A. 1998. Snakes of Sri Lanka: a checklist and an annotated bibliography. Dept. Wildlife Conservation/GEF/UNDP/FAO, Colombo.
  • Janzen, P.; Klaas, P. & Ziesmann, S. 2007. Sri Lankas Schlangenfauna. Draco 7 (30): 56-64 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1950. The snakes of Ceylon. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (14): 519-603 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • WICKRAMASINGHE, L.J. MENDIS 2016. A new canopy-dwelling species of Dendrelaphis (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Sinharaja, World Heritage Site, Sri Lanka. Zootaxa 4162 (3): 504–518
 
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