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Dendrelaphis walli VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2011

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDendrelaphis walli VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011
Dendrelaphis gorei — WALL 1921 (part.)
Dendrelaphis walli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 222 
DistributionMyanmar (southern lowlands)

Type locality: Chin State: Mindat township, Mindat District, 21° 26 43.5 N, 94 00 24.0 E, 3582 ft  
TypesHolotype: CAS 234880, collected by A.K. Shein and T. Nyo, 23 Aug 2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Dendrelaphis, characterized by the combination of: 1) 13 dorsal scale rows at midbody; 2) strongly enlarged vertebral scales; 3) 203–213 ventrals; 4) 145–163 subcaudals; 5) 8 supralabials; 6) supralabials 4 and 5 bordering the eye; 7) 2 anterior temporals in the majority of specimens; 8) a short sublabial that touches 2 infralabials; 9) an undivided anal shield; 10) a black pos- tocular stripe that covers the majority of the temporal re- gion and extends onto the neck; 11) black, oblique bars on the neck region; 12) a pale ventrolateral line, not bor- dered by black lines. 
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyThis species is dedicated to Major Frank Wall (1868–1950), in recognition of his outstanding work on the genus Dendrelaphis. See Smith 1951 for biographical notes. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Smith, M. 1951. Frank Wall, 1868-1950. Copeia 1951 (2): 113-114 - get paper here
  • Vogel, Gernot & Johan van Rooijen 2011. Description of a new species of the genus Dendrelaphis Boulenger, 1890 from Myanmar (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 17-24 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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