Philothamnus girardi BOCAGE, 1893
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Philothamnus girardi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Girard's Green Snake, Annobon Wood Snake|
|Synonym||Philothamnus girardi BOCAGE 1893|
Philothamnus girardi — BOULENGER 1894: 102
Philothamnus girardi — GÜNTHER 1895: 528
Philothamnus girardi — STERNFELD 1917
Philothamnus semivariegatus girardi — MERTENS 1934
Philothamnus semivariegatus girardi — LOVERIDGE 1958
Philothamnus girardi — TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 39
Philothamnus girardi — JESUS et al. 2009
Philothamnus girardi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 555
|Distribution||Annobon Island (Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea), Congo (Brazzaville) ?|
Type locality: “Anno Bom Island, Guinea” = Annobon = Pagalu (Equatorial Guinea, Gulf of Guinea)
|Types||Lectotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199, female|
|Comment||Possibly occur in the Congo (TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 39)|
Synonymy: P. girardi may be a synonym of P. dorsalis. None of the species-delimitation methods used by Engelbrecht et al. 2018 supported the distinction of P. girardi and P. dorsalis from each other. However, to confidently synonymise P. dorsalis and P. girardi will require improved geographical coverage for P. girardi, including material either close to the type localities for both species, or at a minimum material that is clearly within their currently known distributions. Furthermore, a revised morphological description that incorporates the variability within both of these taxa would be required.
Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
|Etymology||Named after Albert Girard (1860-1914), a zoologist of the museum of zoology of Lisbon (Rémi Ksas, pers. comm.).|