Dendrelaphis oliveri (TAYLOR, 1950)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Oliver's Bronzeback|
|Synonym||Ahaetulla oliveri TAYLOR 1950: 555|
Dendrelaphis oliveri — DAS 1996: 55
Dendrelaphis olivieri [sic] — JANZEN et al. 2007
Dendrelaphis oliveri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 219
Type locality: 12 miles north of Trincomalee, Ceylon.
|Types||Holotype: FMNH 123726; (formerly EHT-HMS No. 30388) collected in 1944 by E. H. Taylor.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Three labials, the fourth, fifth and sixth entering the eye; loreal absent; nasal divided at least partially; the posterior part largest and a little lower than anterior; temporals 1 + 1 + 3; vertebral scales enlarged, smaller than scales of outer row; a lateral black headstripe continues through eye and to base of tail; a white line beginning on supralabials continues on the first and second scale rows, occupying most of first and lower half of second scale row; this bordered below by a black line beginning on neck and continuing to base of tail; tail gray without stripes (from TAYLOR 1950).|
|Comment||Known only from its type specimen (Danushka et al. 2020).|
Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018)
|Etymology||Named after Dr. James "Jim" Arthur Oliver (1914-1981), a zoologist and herpetologist who graduated from the University of Michigan. He became Assistant Curator, Herpetology Department, American Museum of Natural History (1942).|
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