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Ithycyphus goudoti (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Forest Night Snake 
SynonymHerpetodryas goudoti SCHLEGEL 1837: 187
Dryophylax goudotii — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1122
Philodryas goudotii — GÜNTHER 1858: 125
Ithycyphus caudolineatus GÜNTHER 1873: 374
Stenophis longicaudus BOETTGER 1896
Ithycyphus goudoti — BOULENGER 1896: 34
Ithycyphus goudoti — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 342
Ithycyphus goudotii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 350 

Type locality: “Madagascar.” Emended to the vicinity of Tamatave, Toamasina Prov., Madagascar (Domergue 1986: 415).  
TypesSyntypes: RMNH 690, BMNH 1946.1.5.21-24 
CommentSynonymy partly after BOULENGER 1896.

Type species: Herpetodryas goudoti SCHLEGEL 1837: 187 is the type species of the genus Ithycyphus GÜNTHER 1873.

Behavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Jules Prosper Goudot, French traveler, collector (for the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris), and entomologist who worked and lived in Madagascar in the first half of the 19th century. 
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  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Domergue C A 1986. Notes sur les serpentes de la region malgache 6. Le genre Ithycyphus Günther, 1873; description de deux especes nouvelles. Bulletin du Museum National D'histoire Naturelle SECTION A ZOOLOGIE BIOLOGIE ET ECOLOGIE ANIMALES 8 (2): 409-434
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Gehring, P.S. 2010. Fady, Tavy und Aye-Aye - unterwegs im Nordosten Madagaskars. Elaphe 18 (2): 62-71
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Günther, A. 1873. Description of a new snake from Madagascar. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (4) 11: 374-375 - 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
  • Kwet, Axel 2013. 100 Jahre Madagaskar-Forschung. Oscar Boettger und die Reisen des Alfred Voeltzkow. Terraria-Elaphe 2013 (5): 91-95 - get paper here
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Descriptive. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum), 606 S. + xvi - 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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