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Calamaria albiventer (GRAY, 1834)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: White-bellied Reed Snake
G: Weissbauch-Riednatter 
SynonymChangulia albiventer GRAY in GRAY & HARDWICKE 1834: pl. 86
Calamaria lumbricoidea SCHLEGEL 1837
Calamaria linnei Var. — CANTOR 1847 (nec Calamaria linnaei BOIE in BOIE 1827)
Calamaria albiventer — GÜNTHER 1858
Calamaria linnaei (nec Calamaria linnaei BOIE in BOIE 1827) — WERNER 1896
Calamaria indragirica SCHENKEL 1901
Calamaria indragirica — ROOIJ 1917
Calamaria ornata WERNER 1909
Calamaria indraginia (sic) — BARBOUR 1912
Calamaria albiventer — TWEEDIE 1953: 50
Calamaria albiventer — INGER & MARX 1965: 94
Calamaria albiventer — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 328
Calamaria albiventer — INGER & VORIS 2001
Calamaria albiventer — WALLACH et al. 2014: 134 
DistributionW Malaysia, Penang I, Singapore I (?), Indonesia (Sumatra)

Type locality: Penang

ornata: Sumatra; Type locality: Songei Lalak, Indragiri, Sumatra.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.2.10 (formerly BMNH 1860.3.19.1269a–b) and BMNH 1946.1.2.18 (formerly BMNH 1898.9.22.39), three females (T. Hardwicke, 1756 –1823)
holotype: ZMH [ornata] 
CommentSynonymy mainly after David & Vogel 1996. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and “venter” = belly or stomach. 
  • Gray. J. E. 1834. Illustrations of Indian Zoology, chiefly selected from the collection of Major - General Hardwicke. Vol. 2. London (1833-1834): 263 pp., 95 plates - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. L., H. Kaiser & N. S. Yaakob 2004. A new species of Reed Snake of the genus Calamaria H. Boie, 1827, from Pulau Tioman, Pahang, West Malaysia. Hamadryad 28 (1&2): 1-6
  • Grismer, L. Lee; Chan K. Onn, Jesse L. Grismer, Perry L. Wood, Jr., and A. Norhayati 2010. A CHECKLIST OF THE HERPETOFAUNA OF THE BANJARAN BINTANG, PENINSULAR MALAYSIA. Russ. J. Herpetol. 17 (2): 147-160 - get paper here
  • Inger, R. F. & H. MARX 1965. The systematics and evolution of the oriental colubrid snakes of the genus Calamaria. Fieldiana: Zoology 49: 1-304. - get paper here
  • Manthey, U. & Grossmann, W. 1997. Amphibien & Reptilien Südostasiens. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 512 pp. - get paper here
  • Poyarkov, Nikolay A.; Jr., Tan Van Nguyen, Nikolai L. Orlov, Gernot Vogel 2019. A New Species of the Genus Calamaria Boie, 1827 from the Highlands of the Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam (Squamata: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 26 (6): 335-348 - get paper here
  • Quah, Evan S. H.; Kelvin K.P. Lim, Eric H.H. Leong and Shahrul Anuar M.S. 2018. Identification and a new record from Penang Island of the rare red-bellied reed snake (Calamaria albiventer) (Gray, 1835) (Serpentes: Calamariinae). RAFFLES BULLETIN OF ZOOLOGY 66: 486–493 - get paper here
  • Schenkel, E. 1901. Achter Nachtrag zum Katalog der herpetologischen Sammlung des Basler Museums. Verh. naturf. Ges. Basel, 13:142-199. - get paper here
  • Smedley, N. 1932. Notes on the herpetological collections in the Selangor Museum. Bull. Raffles Mus. No 7: 9-17
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - get paper here
  • Tweedie, M. W. F. 1953. The snakes of Malaya. Singapore National Printers (Pte) Ltd., Singapore. 139 pp.
  • 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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