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Madagascarophis colubrinus SCHLEGEL, 1837

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesMadagascarophis colubrinus citrinus (BOETTGER 1878)
Madagascarophis colubrinus colubrinus (SCHLEGEL 1837)
Madagascarophis colubrinus occidentalis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus pastoriensis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus septentrionalis DOMERGUE 1987 
Common Names 
SynonymMadagascarophis colubrinus colubrinus (SCHLEGEL 1837)
Dipsas colubrina SCHLEGEL 1837: 273
Dipsas Colubrina — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 1146
Eteirodipsas colubrinus — MÜLLER 1881
Eteirodipsas colubrina — BOULENGER 1896: 39
Eteirodipsas colubrina — BARBOUR 1918: 487
Madagascarophis colubrinus colubrinus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329
Madagascarophis colubrinus — NAGY et al. 2007
Madagascarophis cf. colubrinus — D’CRUZE et al. 2009
Madagascarophis colubrinus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 421

Madagascarophis colubrinus citrinus (BOETTGER 1878)
Eteirodipsas colubrina var. citrina BOETTGER 1878: 56
Madagascarophis colubrinus insularis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis citrinus — DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis citrinus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329
Madagascarophis colubrinus insularis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329
Madagascarophis colubrinus citrinus — GLAW et al. 2013

Madagascarophis colubrinus occidentalis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus occidentalis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus occidentalis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329

Madagascarophis colubrinus pastoriensis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus pastoriensis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus pastoriensis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329

Madagascarophis colubrinus septentrionalis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus septentrionalis DOMERGUE 1987
Madagascarophis colubrinus septentrionalis — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 329
Madagascarophis colubrinus septentrionalis — GLAW et al. 2013 
DistributionMadagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé, Nosy Komba

citrinus: Madagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé, Nosy Tanikely;

Type locality: "Madagascar." Restricted to environs of Tamatave (Toamasina), Madagascar by Brygoo, 1983: 37 or Domergue, 1987: 460.  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 3891, a 610-985 mm male (J.P. Goudot). designated by Domergue, 1987: 460; paralectotype: MNHN-RA 3891A
Lectotype: SMF 19594 ( =Kat Boettger 9039b ), Nosy Be, leg. C. EBENAU [citrinus]
Holotype: MNHN-RA 1978.0098; paratypes: MNHN-RA 1985.0363, MNHN-RA 1978.0111, MNHN-RA 1946.0351, MNHN-RA 1950.0369, MNHN-RA 1985.0362, MNHN-RA 1985.0364-0366 [occidentalis]
Holotype: MNHN-RA 1985.0388; paratypes: MNHN-RA 1961.0593, MNHN-RA 1978.0106, MNHN-RA 1978.0112, MNHN-RA 1978.0389-0390 and several other specimens in the personal collection of Charles Domergue [pastoriensis] [pastoriensis]
Holotype: MNHN-RA 1985.0391; paratype: MNHN-RA 1985.0392 [septentrionalis] 
Comment(Mildly ?) venomous (Domergue 1962). Envenomation may cause acute localized effects, which includes pain, swelling, blistering, and tissue necrosis (Domergue, 1989).

Synonymy: M. citrinus has been synonymized with M. colubrinus based on DNA sequence data (NAGY et al. 2007).

Type species: Dipsas colubrina SCHLEGEL 1837 is the type species of the genus Madagascarophis MERTENS 1952.

Habitat: canyon forests and surrounding relict forests. Semi-arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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