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Dendrelaphis fuliginosus GRIFFIN, 1909

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Philippine Lamp-black Tree Snake 
SynonymDendrelaphis fuliginosus GRIFFIN 1909
Dendrelaphis fuliginosus — VAN ROOIJEN & VOGEL 2012
Dendrelaphis fuliginosus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 217 
DistributionPhilippines (Mindoro, Negros, Panay and Masbate)

Type locality: Negros  
TypesNeotype. FMNH 67409, subadult male 
DiagnosisDescription. A species of the Dendrelaphis caudolineatus group, characterized by the combination of 1) absence of black longitudinal stripes; 2) absence of a pale ventrolateral line; 3) postocular stripe absent, rarely rudimentarily present; 4) an orange stripe on the neck is absent in live specimens (Taylor, 1922; Gaulke, 1994); 5) 173–175 ventrals (males), 175–182 ventrals (females); 6) 97–114 subcaudals; 7) relative tail-length 0.255–0.285; 8) 5–7 temporal scales on each side; 9) 9–11 infralabials on each side; 10) 2–5 scales touching the posterior borders of the parietal scales; 11) maximum total length males 97.0 cm, females 130.5 cm. 
CommentHabitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the Latin adjective “fuliginosus” meaning brown or dark brown colouration. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2019. Zur Schlangenfauna der philippinischen Insel Panay. Elaphe 2019 (2): 46-57
  • Griffin, L.E. 1909. Two new species of snakes found in the Philippine islands. Philippine Journal of Science A4: 55–56 - get paper here
  • Griffin, L.E. 1909. A list of snakes found in Palawan. Philippine Journal of Science 4: 595-601 - 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
  • 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.
  • Weinell, Jeffrey L.; Errol Hooper, Alan E. Leviton, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Illustrated Key to the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 66 (1): 1-49 - get paper here
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