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Boiga hoeseli RAMADHAN, ISKANDAR & SUBASRI, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Lesser Sundas Cat Snake 
SynonymBoiga hoeseli RAMADHAN, ISKANDAR & SUBASRI 2010
Boiga hoeseli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 104 
DistributionIndonesia (Nusa Tenggara Islands)

Type locality: La- rantuka, Flores.  
TypesHolotype: MZB Oph. 1242, an adult female. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A medium to large species (SVL up to 1250 mm, tail up to 408 mm); laterally compressed body with strongly enlarged vertebral scales, dorsal scales in 27(25)–27(25) –17(15) rows, ventrals 263.9 ± 6.77 (range 256–272 n=7), subcaudals in pairs, 128.8 ± 8.66 scales (range 113–134; n=6); anal plate entire; 9+9(10) su- pralabials, fourth, fifth, and sixth entering orbit; 14–14 (13–15) infralabials; rostral large, slightly visible from above; loreal longer than deep; one large preocular, reaching upper surface of head; two relatively small postoculars; large genials, anterior genial relatively smaller than posterior. Body scales smooth without keels or pits. Ventrals immaculate yellow, upper part of head almost without pattern except for a few spots in between head scales, a thin streak from behind the eye extending to the corner of the jaws is usually present [from RAMADHAN et al. 2010]. 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after J. K. P. van Hoesel who wrote the first guide book about snakes of Java, Ophidia Javanica in 1959. He died from a snake bite around 1960. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - 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
  • Lang, Ruud de 2011. The Snakes of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara), Indonesia. Asian Herpetological Research 2 (1): 46-54 - get paper here
  • Lang, Ruud de 2012. Snakes of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Nusa Tenggara), Indonesia. Edition Chimaira, 349 pp. - get paper here
  • Ramadhan, Gilang; Djoko T. Iskandar and Dadang R. Subasri. 2010. New Species of Cat Snake (Serpentes: Colubridae) Morphologically Similar to Boiga cynodon from the Nusa Tenggara Islands, Indonesia. Asian Herpetological Research 1 (1): 22-30 - 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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