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Rabdion forsteni DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Forsten’s Pointed Snake 
SynonymRabdion 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 
DistributionIndonesia (Sulawesi, Manado)

Type locality: Northern Celebes, Indonesia  
TypesSyntypes: 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. 
CommentType 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). 
EtymologyNamed after Eltio Alegondas Forsten (1811-1843), a botanist who collected in the East Indies. 
  • Amarasinghe, A.A. Thasun; Gernot Vogel, Jimmy A. McGuire, Irvan Sidik, Jatna Supriatna, and Ivan Ineich 2015. Description of a Second Species of the Genus Rabdion Duméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854 (Colubridae: Calamariinae) from Sulawesi, Indonesia. Herpetologica 71 (3): 234-239. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bosch, H. A. J. in den 1985. Snakes of Sulawesi: checklist, key and additional biogeographical remarks. Zoologische Verhandelingen 217: 3-50. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 13. Livraison. [Homalosoma mite]. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Koch, A. 2012. Discovery, Diversity, and Distribution of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Sulawesi and its offshore islands. Edition Chimaira, 374 pp. [ISBN 978-3-89973-432-4] - get paper here
  • Lang, Ruud de & G. Vogel 2005. The snakes of Sulawesi. A field guide to the land snakes of Sulawesi with identification keys. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurter Beiträge zur Naturkunde, 25, Frankfurt am Main, 312 pp.
  • Leviton, Alan E. 1958. Reinstatment of the generic name Rabdion A.H.A. Dumeril for a monotypic genus of Asian burrowing snakes. Herpetologica 14: 47-48 - get paper here
  • Malkmus, R. 2000. Herpetologische Beobachtungen auf Sulawesi. Sauria 22 (2): 11-17 - get paper here
  • Müller,F. 1895. Reptilien und Amphibien aus Celebes. (II. Bericht). Verh. naturf. Ges. Basel 10: 862-869 - 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.
  • Wanger, T. C., I. Motzke, S. Saleh & D. T. Iskandar 2011. The amphibians and reptiles of the Lore Lindu National Park area, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Salamandra 47 (1): 17-29 - get paper here
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