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Ithycyphus goudoti (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Forest Night Snake 
SynonymHerpetodryas goudoti SCHLEGEL 1837: 187
Dryophylax goudotii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1122
Philodryas goudotii — GÜNTHER 1858: 125
Ithycyphus caudolineatus GÜNTHER 1873: 374
Stenophis longicaudus BOETTGER 1896
Ithycyphus goudoti — BOULENGER 1896: 34
Ithycyphus goudoti — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 342
Ithycyphus goudotii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 350 

Type locality: “Madagascar.” Emended to the vicinity of Tamatave, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar (Domergue 1986: 415).  
TypesSyntypes: RMNH 690, BMNH 1946.1.5.21-24 
CommentSynonymy partly after BOULENGER 1896.

Type species: Herpetodryas goudoti SCHLEGEL 1837: 187 is the type species of the genus Ithycyphus GÜNTHER 1873.

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Domergue C A 1986. Notes sur les serpentes de la region malgache 6. Le genre Ithycyphus Günther, 1873; description de deux especes nouvelles. BULLETIN DU MUSEUM NATIONAL D'HISTOIRE NATURELLE SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 8 (2): 409-434
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  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Günther, A. 1873. Description of a new snake from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 11: 374-375 - 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
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. 100 Jahre Madagaskar-Forschung. Oscar Boettger und die Reisen des Alfred Voeltzkow. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (5): 91-95 - get paper here
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Descriptive. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum), 606 S. + xvi - 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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