Tropidolaemus philippensis (GRAY, 1842)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tropidolaemus philippensis?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: South Philippine temple pitviper|
G: Südphilippinische Tempelviper
|Synonym||Trimeresurus philippensis GRAY 1842: 48|
Trimeresurus hombroni JACQUINOT & GUICHENOT 1848
Tropidolaemus philippinensis — PETERS 1861 (unjustified emendation)
Trimeresurus hombroni — BOETTGER 1886
Trimeresurus philippensis — TAYLOR 1922
Trimeresurus philippensis — MASLIN 1942
Tropidolaemus philippinensis — VOGEL et al. 2007
Tropidolaemus philippensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 748
|Distribution||Philippines (W Mindanao)|
Type locality: “The Philippines”
|Types||Syntypes: BMNH 19126.96.36.199 (female). Coll. by H. Cuming (specimen listed as Tropidolaemus wagleri in BMNH catalog)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A species of the genus Tropidolaemus, characterized by (1) the internasals separated by 1 or 2 scales; (2) only 6–7 cephalic scales between the middle of the supraoculars at both sexes; (3) 18–19 MSR in both sexes, smooth or weakly keeled; (4) 7–8 SL on each side, or a total number of 15–16 supralabials in both sexes; (5) 0, rarely 1 scale, between 3rd SL and subocular in both sexes; (6) 4–5 scales on the snout in both sexes; (7) a total number of 16–17 infralabials in both sexes; (8) a greenish-turquoise body background coloration in males, seemingly more green in females; (9) dorsal blotches on the body, black with unfilled dorsals so some kind of net is visible; (10) a black or rarely white postocular stripe in both sexes; (11) belly uniform in both sexes; (12) VEN: 131–135 in males and 129 in the sole available preserved female specimen, SC: 45–46 in males and 44 in a female; (13) tail moderate in males and females, with a ratio TaL/TL between 0.143 and 0.155, without sexual dimorphism; (14) occipital scales weekly keeled in males and strongly keeled, like partly raised in females (from VOGEL et al. 2007).|
Trimeresurus philippensis (Gray, 1842) was synonymised with Lachesis wagleri by Boulenger (1896: 562). Trimeresurus philippensis was placed in the synonymy of Tropidolaemus wagleri by Leviton (1964).
Habitat: not arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
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