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Dendrophidion boshelli DUNN, 1944

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Hoshell's Forest Racer 
SynonymDendrophidion boshelli DUNN 1944: 475
Dendrophidion boshelli — LIEB 1988
Dendrophidion boshelli — FREIRE et al. 2010
Dendrophidion boshelli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 224 

Type locality: Volcanes, Municipio de Caparrapi, Cundinamarca, Colombia, elevation 250 m.  
TypesHolotype: ICN-MHN, a 252 mm (SVL) female (J. Boshell M., Oct. 1943). 
CommentVery rare species, known from only ~7 specimen

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Jorge Boshell-Manrique, a physician and epidemiologist who became Director of the Instituto Samper Martinez. He was Director of the School of Hygiene, Bogota, Colombia (1950S) and a keen amateur zoologist. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Dunn, E.R. 1944. The snake genus Dendrophidion in Colombia. Caldasia 2: 474-477 - get paper here
  • FREIRE, ELIZA MARIA XAVIER; ULISSES CARAMASCHI & UBIRATAN GONÇALVES 2010. A new species of Dendrophidion (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 2719: 62–68 - 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
  • Lieb, C. S. 1988. Systematic status of the Neotropical snakes Dendrophidion dendrophis and D. nuchalis. Herpetologica 44 (2):162-175 - get paper here
  • Morato, Sérgio Augusto Abrahão; Guilherme Nunes Ferreira; Michela Rossane Cavilha Scupino (eds.) 2018. Herpetofauna da Amazônia Central: Estudos na FLONA de Saracá-Taquera. Curitiba, Pr: STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda.; Porto Trombetas, Pa: MRN – Mineração Rio do Norte S.A., 2018. 210p. - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Rojas-Morales JA, Marín-Martínez M, Zuluaga-Isaza JC 2019. Rediscovery of the enigmatic forest racer snake, Dendrophidion boshelli Dunn, 1944 (Serpentes, Colubridae): actions for the conservation of a critically endangered species. Neotropical Biology and Conservation 14(4): 577–589 - 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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