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Dendrelaphis sinharajensis WICKRAMASINGHE, 2016

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSinhala: Sinharaja haldanda
Tamil: Sinharaja komberi muken
E: Sinharaja tree snake 
SynonymDendrelaphis sinharajensis WICKRAMASINGHE 2016 
DistributionSri Lanka (Southern Province)

Type locality: Mideripitiya, Sinharaja Forest, Deniyaya, Matara District, Southern Province (N 06° 21' 24.72’’, E 080° 29' 21.63’’), 285 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype. NMSL 2016.06.01 NH, adult female, SVL 672 mm, TL 323 mm, (map: Figure 1). Coll. L. J. M. Wickramasinghe. 
CommentThe first specimen collected was a road kill.

Habitat: arboreal. One individual was found in the canopy at around 15 m above ground level.

Sympatry: D. caudolineolatus and D. schokari. 
EtymologyThe species epithet sinharajensis is derived from “Sinharaja”, referring to the forest where the species was discovered. The specific name is an adjective from the geographical name. 
  • 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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