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Compsophis albiventris MOCQUARD, 1894

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Madagascar Bighead Snake 
SynonymCompsophis albiventris MOCQUARD 1894: 8
Compsophis albiventris — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 347
Compsophis albiventris — D’CRUZE et al. 2008
Compsophis albiventris — WALLACH et al. 2014: 175 

Type locality: "la montagne d'Ambre, Madagascar," province de Diégo Suarez.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1893.0212, a 167 mm specimen (Alluaud and Belly) 
CommentType species: Compsophis albiventris MOCQUARD 1894: 8 is the type species of the genus Compsophis MOCQUARD 1894.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and “venter” = belly or stomach. 
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54 - get paper here
  • Eudeline, Rémy; Cynthia Y. Wang, Mark D. Scherz 2015. Predation attempt of Rhombophryne laevipes by Compsophis albiventris. Herpetology Notes 8: 393-394 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Glaw, F.; Nagy, Z.T. & Vences, M. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships and classification of the Malagasy pseudoxyrhophiine snake genera Geodipsas and Compsophis based on morphological and molecular data. Zootaxa 1517: 53-62 - get paper here
  • Guibé ,J. 1958. Les serpents de Madagascar. Memoires de l’Institut Scientifique de Madagascar 12: 189-260
  • 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
  • Mocquard, F. 1894. Reptiles nouveaux ou insuffisamment connus de Madagascar. C. R. sommaire Séances Soc. philomath. Paris17: 1-10
  • 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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