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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Gore's Bronzeback
Chinese: 喜山过树蛇 
SynonymDendrelaphis biloreatus WALL 1908
Dendrophis gorei WALL 1910
Ahaetulla gorei — SMITH 1943: 246
Dendrelaphis gorei TIAN & JIANG 1986
Dendrelaphis gorei — MCDOWELL & JENNER 1988
Dendrelaphis gorei — DAS & CHATURVEDI 1998
Dendrelaphis gorei — DAS 1996: 55
Dendrelaphis biloreatus — VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2011
Dendrelaphis biloreatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 215 
DistributionIndia (Darjeeling, Assam, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh (Chimpu - Papum Pare district) [A. Captain, pers. comm.] ), Myanmar (= Burma), Vietnam ?, China (Xizang = Tibet)

Type locality: “Sadiya on the Bramaputra, 70 odd miles
north-east of Dibrugarh, Assam” [= Sadiya, Assam
State, NE India, 27°50’N, 95°40’E, elevation 125 m].  
TypesHolotype: unknown (G. Vogel, pers. comm., 17 Jan 2014)
Holotype: BMNH 1946.1.10.30 [gorei] 
CommentSynonymy: SMITH 1943 synonymized D. biloreatus with D. gorei, an unjustified act as gorei is a junior synonym to biloreatus.

gorei: Type locality: “Jaipur (Namsang)” [in Assam, NE India]

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
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  • Dowling, H.G., & Jenner, J.V. 1988. Snakes of Burma: checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (76): 19 pp. - 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
  • Lalronunga, Samuel; Lalhmingthanga, Isaac Zosangliana, K. Lalhmangaiha, Lalnunsiama Varte, lalzuitluanga & Esther Lalhmingliani 2021. Neue Fundortnachweise von Dendrelaphis biloreatus wall, 1908 (Serpentes: Colubridae) in Indien, die das bekannte Verbreitungsgebiet nach Süden hin erweitern. Sauria 43 (2): 71-75
  • Purkayastha J. 2013. An Amateur’s Guide to Reptiles of Assam. EBH Publishers (India) - get paper here
  • Sharma, R. C. 2004. Handbook Indian Snakes. AKHIL BOOKS, New Delhi, 292 pp.
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • Tian, WAN-SHU, and YAO-MING JIANG, eds. 1986. Identification Manual for Chinese Amphibians and Reptiles (in Chinese). Science Press, Beijing. (3) 164 pages
  • Vogel, Gernot & Johan van Rooijen 2011. Description of a new species of the genus Dendrelaphis Boulenger, 1890 from Myanmar (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 17-24 - get paper here
  • Wall, FRANK 1910. Notes on snakes collected in Upper Assam. Part II. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 19 (4): 825-845 - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1908. Two new snakes from Assam. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 18: 272-274 - get paper here
  • Wall,F. 1913. Notes on some interesting snakes recently presented to the Society. J. Bombay nat. Hist. Soc. 22: 639 - get paper here
  • Wall. F. 1921. Remarks on the lndian species of Dendrophis and Dendrelaphis. Records of the Indian Museum 22: 151 - 162 - 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.
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
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