On the Status of Boiga ocellata Kroon, 1973, with the Designation of a Neotype for Boiga siamensis Nootpand, 1971 (Serpentes, Colubridae)

Olivier S. G. Pauwels, Patrick David, Lawan Chanhome, Gernot Vogel, Tanya Chan-ard, Nikolai L. Orlov


The nominal species Boiga ocellata Kroon, 1973 is shown to be a junior synonym of Boiga siamensis Nootpand, 1971, an overlooked taxon, which has priority. The low number of citations of Boiga ocellata in the literature falls within the recommendations of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature to not threaten the Principle of Stability. The types of Boiga siamensis being lost, we designate the holotype of Boiga ocellata as neotype of Boiga siamensis.


Reptilia; Colubridae; Boiga ocellata; Boiga siamensis; synonymy; neotype; Thailand

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2005-12-2-102-106


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