Rabdion forsteni DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Forsten’s Pointed Snake|
|Synonym||Rabdion Forsteni DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 116|
Rhabdion Forsteni — GÜNTHER 1858: 243
Rabdion Forsteni — JAN 1865
Rhabdophidium forsteni — BOULENGER 1894: 328
Rabdion forsteni — DE LANG & VOGEL 2005
Rabdion forsteni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 625
|Distribution||Indonesia (Sulawesi, Manado)|
Type locality: Northern Celebes, Indonesia
|Types||Syntypes: MNHN-RA 7210-7211, a 399 mm specimen (E.A. Forsten), possibly one of RMNH specimens (RMNH 66 or 66a). Amarasinghe et al. 2015 assume that all three syntypes were originally housed at RMNH and then sent to MNHN.|
|Comment||Type species: Rabdion Forsteni DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 116 is the type species of the genus Rabdion DUMÉRIL 1853.|
Synonymy: Boulenger 1885 replaced the name Rhabdion by Rhabdophidium, as he regarded the name Rhabdion as preoccupied by Rhabdium Wallroth, 1833 (erected for a group of Protozoa). This replacement was unjustified according to the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (Leviton 1958), which indicates that even the difference in few letters (on vs. um) is enough to authenticate a scientific name. So the name Rabdion was again reinstated by Leviton (1958) and has been used ever since (Bosch 1985; de Lang and Vogel 2005; Koch 2012).
|Etymology||Named after Eltio Alegondas Forsten (1811-1843), a botanist who collected in the East Indies.|
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