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Oligodon forbesi (BOULENGER, 1883)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Forbes' Kukri Snake 
SynonymSimotes forbesi BOULENGER 1883
Oligodon forbesi — HOW AND KITCHENER 1997
Oligodon forbesi — DE LANG 2013
Oligodon forbesi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 487 
DistributionIndonesia (Tanimbar Islands, Damar, Babar Islands)

Type locality: "Timor Laut Islands" (= Tanimbar Islands, Indonesia).  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.3.98 and 1946.1.3.99, both females, one is 305 mm, (H.O. Forbes). 
EtymologyNamed after Henry Ogg Forbes (1851-1932) was an explorer and collector. He was Director, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand (1890-1893) and was editor of the Liverpool Museum Bulletin, in which Boulenger published some papers. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1883. Report on a collection of reptiles and batrachians from the Timor Laut Islands, formed by Mr. H. O. Forbes. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1883: 386-388 - get paper here
  • How, R. A.; Kitchner, D. J. 1997. Biogeography of Indonesian snakes. Journal of Biogeography 24 (725-735):
  • Lang, Ruud de 2013. The snakes of the Moluccas (Maluku), Indonesia. Edition Chimaira, 417 pp. - get paper here
  • Tillack, Frank 2008. Oligodon rhombifer WERNER, 1924, A JUNIOR SYNONYM OF Oligodon ancorus (GIRARD, 1857) (REPTILIA: SQUAMATA: COLUBRIDAE). Russ. J. Herpetol. 15 (2): 122-128 - 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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