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Dendrelaphis grismeri VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2008

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymDendrelaphis grismeri VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2008: 21
Dendrelaphis grismeri — DE LANG 2013
Dendrelaphis grismeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 217 
DistributionIndonesia (Molucca islands of Ceram, Ambon, Boana and Manipa).

Type locality: ‘Wahaaij, côte N. O. de Céram’ (Wahai, north- east coast of Seram).  
TypesHolotype: RMNH 40176; Coll. MOENS; Date 1862. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis – A species of Dendrelaphis, characterized by the combination of: (1) vertebral scales enlarged, equal to or larger than the dorsals of the first row; (2) 176-193 ventrals; (3) 151-174 divided subcaudals; (4) 15 dorsal scale rows at midbody; (5) anal shield divided; (6) 1 loreal scale; (7) 2 or 3 supralabials touching the eye; (8) 9 supralabials; (9) a long first sublabial that touches 4 infralabials on average (range: 3-5); (10) 8 temporals on average (range: 6 to 10); (11) 2 to 3 postoculars; (12) maximum total length 148.0 cm; (13) very long tail, TAIL/TL0.35-0.40; (14) a broad postocular stripe that starts on the postnasal or loreal, covers the majority of the temporal region and extends onto the neck; (15) the presence of a clear light ventrolateral stripe and (16) the presence of black lines bordering the ventrolateral stripe.
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Dr. L. Lee GRISMER (La Sierra University, La Siera, USA), for his major contributions to the knowledge of the herpetology of Southeast Asia and especially his investigations of the biodiversity of island herpetofaunas. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - 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
  • Lang, Ruud de 2013. The snakes of the Moluccas (Maluku), Indonesia. Edition Chimaira, 417 pp. - get paper here
  • Vogel, Gernot and Johan van Rooijen. 2008. Contributions to a review of the Dendrelaphis pictus (Gmelin, 1789) complex - 2. the eastern forms. Herpetozoa 21 (1/2): 3-29 - 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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