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Dendrelaphis marenae VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2008

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Maren’s Bronzeback 
SynonymDendrelaphis marenae VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2008
Dendrelaphis marenae — GAULKE 2011: 276
Dendrelaphis marenae — DE LANG 2013
Dendrelaphis marenae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 218 
DistributionPhilippines [Balabac, Bantayan, Basilan, Bohol, Busuanga, Calauit (GAULKE 1999), Camiguin, Candaraman, Catanduanes (ROSS &GONZALES 1992), Cebu, Culion, Kalotkot, Leyte, Luzon, Masbate, Mindanao, Mindoro, Negros, Palawan, Polillo, Samar, Siquijor, Siargao (ROSS & LAZELL 1990), Sulu-Archipel (Bongao), Panay], Indonesia (Sulawesi).

Type locality: Province Albay, island of Luzon, Philippines.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1994.0059, Coll. MONTAMO-RAY, date 1880 
DiagnosisDiagnosis – Aspecies of Dendrelaphis, characterized by the combination of: (1) vertebral scales enlarged, equal to or larger than the dorsals of the first row; (2) 159-191 ventrals; (3) 136-167 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 (rarely 10) supralabials; (9) a long first sublabial that touches 4 infralabials on average (range: 2-5); (10) 4 to 8 temporals; (11) 2 (rarely 1 or 3) postoculars; (12) maximum total length 131.0 cm; (13) very long tail, TAIL/TL0.33-0.39; (14) a broad postocular stripe that starts on the postnasal or eye, covers the majority of the temporal region and extends onto the neck; (15) the presence of a light ventrolateral stripe and (16) black lines bordering the ventrolateral stripe absent or rudimentary.
CommentDistribution: not on Panay (M. Gaulke, pers. comm., 26 Dec 2012).

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
EtymologyEtymology– This species is named in honour of Dr. Maren GAULKE, for her contributions to the knowledge of the herpetology of the Philippines. She collected some of the paratypes and several other specimens used in this study. 
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