|Scientific Name:||Boiga beddomei|
|Species Authority:||(Wall, 1909)|
Dipsadomorphus beddomei Wall, 1909
|Taxonomic Notes:||De Silva (1990) and Smith (1943) considered Boiga beddomei as a synonym of B. ceylonensis (Günther, 1858).|
|Red List Category & Criteria:||Data Deficient ver 3.1|
|Reviewer/s:||Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)|
|Contributor/s:||De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Powney, G. & Whitton, F.|
Boiga beddomei has been assessed as Data Deficient, because its species status and consequently its distribution remain under dispute. Its range coincides with regions under great threat from habitat loss, and therefore further research should be carried out to resolve the taxonomy and range of this species, and if valid, determine its conservation status.
|Range Description:||The species status and consequently the distribution of this species are currently under dispute, as there is a view that it might be a junior synonym of B. ceylonensis (Samarawickrama et al. 2005). In India, this species appears to be known from the Maharashtra region, while in Sri Lanka, it has been collected from Peradeniya.
In identifying a new species, Boiga ranawanei, from the central highlands of Sri Lanka, Samarawickrama et al. (2005) state that it is possible that specimens previously identified as B. beddomei in the highlands would actually be B. ranawanei. They do note, however, that B. ranawanei was only recorded in the Kandy District and therefore could not account for specimens of B. beddomei from the lowland wet and dry zones.
Native:India; Sri Lanka
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|Population:||There is no population information available for this species.|
|Habitat and Ecology:||This species is presumed to inhabit moist montane forests in both India and Sri Lanka, as well as lowland moist and dry forests in Sri Lanka and India (A. Captain pers. comm.).|
|Major Threat(s):||Habitat loss and degradation due to agriculture, fire practices, and rapidly growing human population and settlements may all be impacting this species but the extent of these threats are not known.|
|Conservation Actions:||This species was considered in the Conservation Assessment and Management Plan (CAMP) Workshop for the Amphibians and Reptiles of India, which was convened by the Biodiversity Conservation Prioritisation Project, India, and held in Coimbatore in 1997. It was regionally assessed as Data Deficient, since no data on its range, populations status, or the current threat processes was available. Therefore further research into the distribution, taxonomy and threats affecting this species should be carried out, and population monitoring is recommended.|
|Citation:||Captain, A.S. 2010. Boiga beddomei. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 22 May 2013.|
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