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Dendrelaphis papuensis BOULENGER, 1895

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Ahaetuliinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Papuan treesnake 
SynonymDendrelaphis papuensis BOULENGER 1895: 409
Dendrelaphis papuensis — O’SHEA 1996
Charlespiersonserpens (Downieea) papuensis lizelliottae HOSER 2012
Dendrelaphis papuensis — ROOIJEN et al. 2015: 49
Dendrelaphis papuensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 219 
DistributionPapua New Guinea (Trobriand Islands)

Type locality: Trobriand Island, Milne Bay Province  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.6.57-61 
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018) 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Papua New Guinea. 
  • Blackburn, D.G. 1993. STANDARDIZED CRITERIA FOR THE RECOGNITION OF REPRODUCTIVE MODES IN SQUAMATE REPTILES. Herpetologica 49 (1): 118-132 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1895. Description of two new reptiles obtained by Mr. A.S. Meek in the Trobriand Islands, British New Guinea. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 16: 408-409 - 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
  • 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
  • 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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