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Dendrelaphis schokari (KUHL, 1820)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymDipsas schokari KUHL 1820
Dendrophis helena WERNER 1893 (fide SMITH 1943)
Dendrelaphis schokari — ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2008
Dendrelaphis schokari — WALLACH et al. 2014: 221 
DistributionSri Lanka, India (Western Ghats)

Type locality: Ceylon = Sri Lanka Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesNeotype. RMNH 842; collector: Frank, 1853 
CommentDiagnosis. A species of Dendrelaphis, character-ized by the combination of: (1) vertebral scales en-larged but smaller than the dorsals of the fi rst row; (2) 155-177 ventrals; (3) 105-127 divided subcaudals; (4) 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; (5) anal shield di- vided; (6) 1 loreal scale; (7) 2 supralabials touching the eye; (8) a short fi rst sublabial that touches 2 infralabials; (9) 4 to 7 temporal scales; (10) 2 to 3 postoculars; (11) maximum total length 119.0 cm; (12) TAIL/TL 0.30-0.34; (13) an interparietal spot is absent (rarely rudimentarily present); (14) the presence of a light ventrolateral stripe; (15) the presence, in most specimens, of a vertebral stripe.

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
  • De Zoysa, H. K. S., D. P. Samarasinghe and S. Wickramasinghe. 2015. Dendrelaphis schokari (Schokar's bronzeback) predation. Herpetological Review 46 (4): 642-643
  • Karunarathna, Suranjan; D. M. S. and A. A. Thasun Amarasinghe 2011. A PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE REPTILE FAUNA IN NILGALA FOREST AND ITS VICINITY, MONARAGALA DISTRICT, SRI LANKA. Taprobanica 3 (02): 69-76
  • Kuhl,H. 1820. Beiträge zur Zoologie und vergleichenden Anatomie. Hermannsche Buchhandlung, Frankfurt, 152 pp.
  • Rooijen, J. van & Vogel, G. 2008. An investigation into the taxonomy of Dendrelaphis tristis (Daudin, 1803): revalidation of Dipsas schokari (Kuhl, 1820) (Serpentes, Colubridae). Contributions to Zoology, 77 (1) 33-43 (2008)
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • 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.
  • Werner, Franz 1893. Herpetologische Nova (1). Zool. Anz. 16 (414): 81-84 - get paper here
  • 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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