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Dendrelaphis gastrostictus (BOULENGER, 1894)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Montane treesnake 
SynonymDendrophis gastrostictus BOULENGER 1894: 86
Dendrophis meeki BOULENGER 1895
Dendrophis nouhuysii LIDTH DE JEUDE 1911: 277
Dendrophis gastrostictus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 64
Dendrophis meeki — DE ROOIJ 1917: 66
Dendrelaphis meeki (BOULENGER 1895: 32) (fide MCDOWELL 1984)
Dendrelaphis gastrostictus — O’SHEA 1996
Charlespiersonserpens gastrostictus tyeipperae HOSER 2012 (see comment)
Dendrelaphis gastrostictus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 217
Dendrelaphis gastrostictus — ROOIJEN et al. 2015: 44 
DistributionPapua New Guinea, Indonesia (Irian Jaya) [J. Pilgrim, pers. comm.]

Type locality: NW New Guinea  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.23.20 
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018)

Synonymy: partly after Rooijen & Vogel 2016. KAISER et al. 2013 rejected all names coined by HOSER in or after 2000. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1895. On a collection of reptiles and batrachians from Ferguson Island, D'Entrecasteaux group British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (6) 16: 28-32 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1894. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London, xi, 382 pp. - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - 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
  • Hoser, R.T. 2012. Divisions of the Asian colubrid snake genera Xenochrophis, Dendrelaphis and Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae). Australasian J. Herpetol. 12:65–76 - get paper here
  • Kaiser, H.; Crother, B.I.; Kelly, C.M.R.; Luiselli, L.; O’Shea, M.; Ota, H.; Passos, P.; Schleip, W.D. & Wüster, W. 2013. Best Practices: In the 21st Century, Taxonomic Decisions in Herpetology are Acceptable Only When Supported by a Body of Evidence and Published via Peer-Review. Herpetological Review 44 (1): 8-23
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1911. Reptilien (Schlangen). Nova Guinea. Résultats de l’expedition scientifique néerlandaise à la Nouvelle Guinée en 1907 sous les auspices de Dr. H.A. Lorenz 9. Leiden (E. J. Brill), pp. 265-287
  • McDowell, S B 1984. Results of the Archbold Expeditions. No. 112. The snakes of the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. American Museum Novitates (2775): 1-28 - get paper here
  • O'Shea,M. 1996. A Guide to the Snakes of Papua New Guinea. Independent Publishing, Port Moresby, xii + 239 pp. - get paper here
  • Rooijen, J. van, G. Vogel & R. Somaweera 2015. A revised taxonomy of the Australo-Papuan species of the colubrid genus Dendrelaphis (Serpentes: Colubridae). Salamandra 51 (1): 33-56 - get paper here
  • Rooijen, Johan van; Gernot Vogel 2016. On the status of three nominal species in the synonymy of Dendrelaphis calligaster (Günther, 1867) (Serpentes: Colubridae). Zootaxa 4093 (2): 293–300 - 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.
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