Boiga beddomei 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Colubridae

Scientific Name: Boiga beddomei (Wall, 1909)
Common Name(s):
English Beddome's Cat Snake
Dipsadomorphus beddomei Wall, 1909
Taxonomic Notes: Boiga beddomei was described as Dipsadomorphus beddomei by Wall in 1909 based on specimens from Ceylon (Sri Lanka) (Smith 1943). It has been considered a synonym of Boiga ceylonensis Günther 1858 by Smith (1943) and De Silva (1990). While presently considered valid, with a well-defined species concept, the identity of past locality records is in need of clarification due to confusion within the Boiga ceylonensis/B. beddomei/B. nuchalis/B. andamanensis species group.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2010-08-29
Assessor(s): Captain, A., Srinivasulu, C., Srinivasulu, B., Vyas, R., Mohapatra, P. & Kulkarni, N.U.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P., Achyuthan, N.S., Das, A., Sawant, N.S., Jose, J., Shankar, G., Aengals, A., Thakur, S., Deepak, V. & Molur, S.
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.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainty as to its taxonomic status, and poorly known information on its extent of occurrence, natural history, threats and conservation status.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species was described based on five specimens from Sri Lanka and one from Matheran in India. These specimens are presumed lost, and the true distribution of this species is unclear. Although it reportedly occurs from Dangs in Gujarat to Kerala in the Western Ghats, and was reported from Orissa  by Wall 1911, there have been no recent detailed studies to confirm the identity of records attributed to this species. Its occurrence in India is consequently considered uncertain pending re-examination of site records. In Sri Lanka, the species has been collected from Peradeniya (Samarawickrama et al. 2005). It is found at elevations of up to 800 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Sri Lanka
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):800
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Population [top]

Population:There is no information on the population status of this species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This species inhabits dry deciduous forest and moist forest in both India and Sri Lanka (A. Captain pers. comm. 2010).

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The species is not in use.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The threats to this poorly known species require further study.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is listed on Schedule IV of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is found in some protected areas. Further research into the taxonomy, distribution, and threats affecting this species should be carried out, and population monitoring is recommended.

Classifications [top]

1. Forest -> 1.5. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Dry
1. Forest -> 1.6. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Lowland
1. Forest -> 1.9. Forest - Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane

In-Place Research, Monitoring and Planning
In-Place Land/Water Protection and Management
  Occur in at least one PA:Yes
In-Place Species Management
In-Place Education
1. Research -> 1.1. Taxonomy
1. Research -> 1.2. Population size, distribution & trends
1. Research -> 1.5. Threats
3. Monitoring -> 3.1. Population trends

Bibliography [top]

CAMP Workshop. 1997. Conservation Assessment and Management Plan Workshop: Reptiles of India. Biodiversity Conservation Prioritisation Project, India. Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Coimbatore, India.

Captain, A.S. 2007. pers. comm. Red List Assessment.

de Silva, A. 1990. Colour Guide to the Snakes of Sri Lanka. R & A Publishing.

de Zoysa, M. 2001. A Review of Forest Policy Trends in Sri Lanka. Policy Trend Report: 57-68.

Ishwar, N.M., Chellam, R. and Kumar, A. 2001. Distribution of forest floor reptiles in the rainforest of Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, South India. Current Science 80(3): 413-418.

IUCN. 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2013.1). Available at: (Accessed: 12 June 2013).

Jha, C.S., Dutt, C.B.S. and Bawa, K.S. 2000. Deforestation and land use changes in Western Ghats, India. Current Science 79(2): 231-238.

Johnsingh, A.J.T. 2001. The Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve: A global heritage of biological diversity. Current Science 80(3): 378-388.

Kodandapani, N., Cochrane, M.A. and Sukumar, R. 2004. Conservation Threat of Increasing Fire Frequencies in the Western Ghats, India. Conservation Biology 18(6): 1553-1561.

Meegaskumbura, M., Bossuyt, F., Pethiyagoda, R., Manamendra-Arachchi, K., Bahir, M., Milinkovitch, M.C. and Schneider, C.J. 2002. Sri Lanka: An Amphibian Hot Spot. Science 298: 379.

Menon, S. and Bawa, K.S. 1998. Tropical deforestation: reconciling disparities in estimates for India. Ambio 27(7): 567-577.

Samarawickrama, V.A.M.P.K., Samarawickrama V.A.P., Wijesena, N.M. and Orlov, N.L. 2005. A New Species of Genus Boiga (Serpentes: Colubridae: Colubrinae) from Sri Lanka. Russian Journal of Herpetology 12(3): 213-222.

Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, including the whole of the Indo-Chinese region. Reptilia and Amphibia Vol. III. Serpentes. Taylor and Francis, London.

Wall, F. 1911. On the occurence of the snake Dipsadomorphus nuchalis (Beddome) in Berhampur, Orissa. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 21(1): 279.

Citation: Captain, A., Srinivasulu, C., Srinivasulu, B., Vyas, R., Mohapatra, P. & Kulkarni, N.U. 2013. Boiga beddomei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T176619A1441465. . Downloaded on 20 August 2018.
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