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Ithycyphus oursi DOMERGUE, 1986

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymIthycyphus oursi DOMERGUE 1986: 424
Ithycyphus oursi — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 341
Ithycyphus oursi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 351 

Type locality: village de Ambatry (Betioky), province de Tuléar, elevation 300 m  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1982.1225, paratypes: MNHN 
CommentBehavior: diurnal

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Jacques de Saint-Ours (1924-1968), a French geologist and, like C. A. Domergue, who described the snake, an enthusiastic speleologist.  
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - get paper here
  • Crottini, Angelica; D. James Harris, Iker A. Irisarri, Alexandra Lima, Solohery Rasamiso and Gonçalo M. Rosa. 2010. Confirming Domergue: Ithycyphus oursi Domergue, 1986 predation upon Furcifer oustaleti (Mocquard, 1894). Herpetology Notes 3: 127-131.
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - 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
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Grubenmann, Moritz 2015. Aloen, Pachypodien, Euphorbien und Orchideen - Trockenstandorte im südlichen zentralen Hochland von Madagaskar. Draco 16 (62): 48-60
  • 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
  • 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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