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Asthenodipsas tropidonotus (LIDTH DE JEUDE, 1923)

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sumatra Slug Snake
G: Sumatra-Schneckennatter 
SynonymAmblycephalus tropidonotus LIDTH DE JEUDE 1923
Amblycephalus tropidonotus — WERNER 1929: 188
Pareas tropidonotus — HAAS 1950: 529
Internatus tropidonotus RAO & YANG 1992
Internatus tropidonotus — DAVID & VOGEL 1996
Asthenodipsas tropidonotus — ISKANDAR & COLIJN 2002
Asthenodipsas tropidonotus — LOREDO et al. 2013 
DistributionIndonesia (Sumatra)

Type locality: Tapanoeli, North Sumatra = Tapanuli, Province of Sumatera Utara.  
Typeslectotype: RMNH 4902 B (designated by GROSSMANN & TILLACK 2003) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “the Sumatran population is discretely diagnosable from the unbanded lineage in having 199–204 ventral scales as opposed to 167–190. Therefore, we no longer consider A. tropidonotus a junior synonym of A. vertebralis and resurrect it to its previous species status. It is diagnosable by the unique combination of having a maximum SVL of 549 mm in males (females unknown); 15/15/15 dorsal scale rows; 199–204 ventral scales; 73–76 subcaudal scales; a single postocular; 2+1–2 temporals; six or seven supralabials and infralabials; the presence of a single anterior inframaxillary; and having dorsal bands as adults” [LOREDO et al. 2013: 513].
CommentSynonymy: A. tropidonotus was synonymed with A. vertebralis by GROSSMANN & TILLACK 2003, which was accepted by DAVID & VOGEL 1996 and WALLACH et al. 2014: 60. LOREDO et al. 2013 revalidated A. tropidonotus.

Taxonomy: see also A. vertebralis.

Behavior: nocturnal.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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