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Phisalixella arctifasciata (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymHeterurus arctifasciatus DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 1176
Heterurus arctifasciatus — GÜNTHER 1859: 228
Lycodryas arctifasciatus
Stenophis arctifasciatus — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 346
Stenophis (Phisalixella) jaosoloa DOMERGUE 1994 (fide VENCES et al. 2004)
Stenophis (Phisalixella) arctifasciatus — DOMERGUE 1995
Phisalixella arctifasciata — NAGY et al. 2010
Stenophis arctifasciataus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 674 

Type locality: Madagascar  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 3870
Holotype: MNHN 1988.0323, not 1988.360 fide I. Ineich, pers. comm. 28 Aug 2018 [Stenophis jaosoloa DOMERGUE 1994] 
CommentType species: Heterurus arctifasciatus DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854 is the type species of the genus Phisalixella Domergue, 1995.

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
  • Andreone F., Randrianirina J., Jenkins P.D. & Aprea G. 2000. Species diversity of Amphibia, Reptilia and Lipotyphla (Mammalia) at Ambolokopatrika, a rainforest between the Anjanaharibe-Sud and Marojejy massifs, NE Madagascar. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 1587–1622
  • Baert, Peter 2015. Tagebuch einer Reise in den Osten Madagaskars. Zu Besuch im Marojejy-Nationalpark und im Naturschutzgebiet Betampona. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (5): 46-52 - get paper here
  • Domergue, C. A. 1995. Serpents de Madagascar: Note liminaire sur des espèces nouvelles du genre Stenophis Boulenger, 1896 (Colubridae: Boiginae). Archives de l'Institut Pasteur de Madagascar 61 (2): 121-122 [1994]
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Günther,A. 1859. On the geographical distribution of reptiles. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 3: 221-237 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Nagy, Z. T., Glaw, F. & Vences, M. 2010. Systematics of the snake genera Stenophis and Lycodryas from Madagascar and the Comoros. Zoologica Scripta 39, 426–435 - 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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