Calamaria suluensis TAYLOR, 1922
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Sulu Reed Snake; Yellow-bellied Reed Snake|
|Synonym||Calamaria suluensis TAYLOR 1922|
Calamaria pendleburyi SMITH 1931: 27
Calamaria sumatrana WERNER 1909 (non EDELING)
Calamaria suluensis — INGER & MARX 1965: 123
Calamaria grabowski MARX & INGER 1955 (non FISCHER)
Calamaria pendleburyi — MANTHEY 1983
Calamaria suluensis — INGER & VORIS 2001
Calamaria suluensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 142
|Distribution||Indonesia (Borneo), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak), Philippines (Cagayan Sulu)|
Type locality: Cagayan Sulu, Philippines.
|Types||Neotype: FMNH 76294|
|Diagnosis||Color in life. Above iridescent brown; many scales on anterior part of body with darker spots; a row of white spots on outer row of scales; lower edge of outer scale row brown, and the same color on extreme outer edge of ventrals; a second row of white dots begins on second row of scales, but only continues a very short distance; head brown with very dim dark spots; upper labials yellowish on their lower parts; lower labials with brown spots; mental and anterior parts of first chin shields dark; belly immaculate canary; underside of tail yellow with a median dark brown line (Taylor 1922: 190).|
Description of type. Rostral about as broad as deep, visible above; no internasal prefrontals large, in contact with 2; labials laterally; frontal about one-third longer than wide, two and a half times as wide as supraocular, shorter than parietals; latter in contact for a little more than half their length, in contact with fifth labial; nasal a mere rim about nostril; no loreal present; 1 preocular, higher than wide; 1 postocular; no anterior temporals; 1 posterior temporal; 6 upper labials in following order of size: fifth, second, third, first, fourth, sixth, the third and fourth entering eye; 6 lower labials, 3 touching anterior chin shields, first pair of labials not in contact; posterior chin shields nearly three-fourths as long as anterior. Scales in 13 smooth rows; ventrals 154; anal single; subcaudals 25; tail much narrowed behind anus, its length contained in total body length nine and a half times (Taylor 1922: 189).
|Comment||Synonymy after INGER & MARX 1965.|
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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