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Compsophis boulengeri (PERACCA, 1892)

IUCN Red List - Compsophis boulengeri - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Boulenger's Forest Snake 
SynonymTachymenis boulengerii PERACCA 1892
Geodipsas heimi ANGEL 1936
Geodipsas heimi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 347
Geodipsas boulengeri — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 347
Geodipsas boulengeri — ZIEGLER et al. 1997
Compsophis (Geodipsas) boulengeri — GLAW et al. 2007
Compsophis boulengerii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 175 

Type locality: “Madagascar – Valle dell’Umbi
(Andrangoloka)” [= Umbi River valley, Andrangolaoka, E Antananarivo Prov., Madagascar, 19°02’S, 47°55’E, elevation 1385 m].  
TypesHolotype: MRSN (= MSNTO) R1874 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after George Albert Boulenger (1858 - 1937), herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History, London. 
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • Mercurio, V. & Andreone, F. 2005. Description of a new Geodipsas snake from northern Madagascar (Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 1093: 61-68 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Peracca, M. G. 1892. Descrizione di nuove specie di Rettili e Anfibi di Madagascar. Boll. Mus. Zool. Tor. 7 (112): 1-5 - 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.
  • Ziegler T.; Vences M.; Glaw F.; Böhme W. 1997. Genital morphology and systematics of Geodipsas Boulenger, 1896 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae), with description of a new genus. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 104 (1): 95-114. - get paper here
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