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Dipsadoboa weileri (LINDHOLM, 1905)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Black-tailed tree snake 
SynonymDipsadophidium weileri LINDHOLM 1905
Dipsadoboa isolepis BOULENGER 1907: 325
Dipsadoboa weileri — MÜLLER 1910
Dipsadoboa unicolor — SCHMIDT 1923: 105 (fide RASMUSSEN 1993)
Dipsadoboa weileri — BROADLEY 1998
Dipsadoboa weileri — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Dipsadoboa cf weileri — TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014
Dipsadoboa weileri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 232
Dipsadoboa aff. weileri — MONASTERIO et al. 2016
Dipsadoboa weileri — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 531 
DistributionTogo, SW Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire; except in the SOUTH), Rwanda, Uganda

isolepis: Cameroon, Congo (Brazzaville)

Type locality: Umgegend von Bibundi (Kamerun) [Cameroon].  
TypesHolotype: lost, formerly MWNH 1238 (lost in WWII) 
CommentDipsadoboa isolepis is listed as valid species in LeBreton 1999 and mentioned as such by TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 41.

Distribution: not in Liberia fide TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014: 320.

“We provisionaly attribute these specimens D. cf. weileiri, although they clearly represent an undescribed species. They differ from typical D. weileiri from Cameroon, Gabon and Congo both by habitat (savanna for all our specimens, central African rainforest block for D. weileri) and colouration in life (dorsum green versus blackish respectively) and in preservative (underside of the tail whitish or pale blue grey versus blackish respectively). In life, the supralabials of our specimens were bright yellow, the belly pale yellow, and the underside of the tail pale yellow or pale greenish. However, we were unable to find clear meristic differences between this undescribed species and D. weileri.” (TRAPE & BALDÉ 2014) 
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