Elapoidis sumatrana (BLEEKER, 1860)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Elapoidis sumatrana?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, incertae sedis, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Elaphis sumatranus BLEEKER 1860: 285|
Elaphis sumatranus — LUDEKING 1860: 437
Elapoidis sumatrana — VOGEL et al. 2018
Type locality: (neotype locality) “Fort de Kock,” now Bukittinggi (0°18’32’’ S, 100°22’13’’ E), Sumatera Barat (West Sumatra) Province, Sumatra, Indonesia; elevation ca. 920 m.
|Reproduction||oviparous, clutches with 2 – 4 eggs (Manthey, Grossmann 1997)|
|Types||Neotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199, adult male, from “Fort de Kock, 920 m, West coast of Sumatra”|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the genus Elapoidis charac- terized by the combination of the following characters: (1) total length up to about 48 cm; (2) relative tail length around 0.309 in one male and 0.268 – 0.274 in females; (3) ventrals 138 – 143 in males and 140 – 142 in females; (4) subcaudals in males around 84 and 75 – 79 in fe- males; (5) 1 postocular (in one specimen, 2 on one side); (6) upper labials with white margins; (7) anterior half of the body yellow with a dark brown vertebral stripe and a series of small dark brown spots on each side; posterior half of back uniform dark brown (Vogel et al. 2018).|
|Comment||Synonymy: Elapoidis sumatrana was resurrected from synonymy by Vogel et al. 2018 based on geography and morphology. The resurrection of E. sumatrana is somewhat dubious though, with a relatively small sample size and largely overlapping characters of fusca and sumatranus, and without any molecular data (see diagnosis without a comparison to fusca, for instance), hence this revalidation appears a bit preliminary.|
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