Calliophis castoe SMITH, OGALE, DEEPAK & GIRI, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calliophis castoe?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Castoe’s coralsnake|
|Synonym||Calliophis castoe SMITH, OGALE, DEEPAK & GIRI 2012|
Callophis nigrescens — PHIPSON 1887: 245
Callophis nigrescens — VIDAL 1890: 65–66 (part)
Hemibungarus nigrescens var. khandallensis — WALL 1913: 638 (part)
Hemibungarus nigrescens — WALL 1928: 22, 35 (part)
Hemibungarus nigrescens variety A — WALL 1928: 36
Calliophis castoe — WALLACH et al. 2014: 144
|Distribution||India (Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka), elevation 0-750 m|
Type locality: Amboli, Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India, [ca. 715 m elevation] (ca. 15.958790° N 73.994686° E).
|Types||Holotype: BNHM = BNHS (Bombay Natural History Society, Bombay, Maharashtra, India) 3461, an adult male, collected 12 September 2009 by Hemant Ogale (Figs. 3–4, 6–7). Paratypes (2). BNHS 2191, an adult male from Karwar, Karwar (Uttara Kannada district), Karnataka, India, (ca. 15 m) (ca. 14.804947° N 74.133317° E), collected between 1880 and 1887 by G. Vidal (1907 date of collection in BNHS catalogue in error, specimen reported by Phipson in 1887 and Vidal in 1890) (Fig. 5). BNHS 3474, a subadult female from Ambe Ghat, South Goa district, Goa, India, 295 m (15.06400° N 74.16578° E), collected 30 June 2010 by Ravindra Bhambure, Harish Kulkarni, and Varad B. Giri (Fig. 2).|
|Etymology||Named after Todd A. Castoe, “a talented and prolific scientist, and a partner in the study of coralsnake and pitviper systematics”. The first author has worked on venomous snakes with him and shared “coralsnake trips” to Colombia, México and India. “During a trip to India, we first examined and realized the uniqueness of the species herein described. Because the Latin word castus means pure, the specific epithet is also reminiscent of the unmarked dorsum characteristic of the species.”|