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Micropisthodon ochraceus MOCQUARD, 1894

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymMicropisthodon ochraceus MOCQUARD 1894: 8
Micropisthodon ochraceus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 340
Micropisthodon ochraceous — CADLE 2009 (in error)
Micropisthodon ochraceus — WALLACH et al. 2014 
DistributionMadagascar, Nossi Be = Nosy Bé

Type locality: "Nossi-Bé, Madagascar." [=Nosy Be Island, western Antsiranana Province, extreme northwestern Madagascar].  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1886.0173, a 687 mm female (H. Deyrolle) 
CommentType species: Micropisthodon ochraceus MOCQUARD 1894: 8 is the type species of the genus Micropisthodon MOCQUARD 1894.

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
  • ANDREONE F., F. GLAW, R. A. NUSSBAUM, C. J. RAXWORTHY, M. VENCES, and J. E. RANDRIANIRINA 2003. The amphibians and reptiles of Nosy Be (NW Madagascar) and nearby islands: a case study of diversity and conservation of an insular fauna. Journal of Natural History 37 (17): 2119–2149 - get paper here
  • Cadle, John E. 2009. Sexual Dimorphism and Reproductive Biology in the Malagasy Snake Genus Liopholidophis (Lamprophiidae: Pseudoxyrhophiinae) Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 60 (15): 461–502
  • Domergue, C.A. 1993. Notes sur les serpents de la région Malgache. IX. Une Colubrinae rare: Micropisthodon ochraceus Mocquard 1894. Archives de l’institut Pasteur de Madagascar LIX (fasc. 1): 139-151
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • 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
  • Mocquard, F. 1894. Reptiles nouveaux ou insuffisamment connus de Madagascar. C. R. sommaire Séances Soc. philomath. Paris17: 1-10
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - 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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