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Calliophis philippinus (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Philippine [banded or striped] Coral Snake 
SynonymCallophis intestinalis var. philippina GÜNTHER 1864
Doliophis philippinus BOULENGER 1896: 404
Maticora intestinalis philippina — WELCH 1994: 75
Calliophis intestinalis philippinus — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Calliophis philippina — LEVITON et la. 2014
Calliophis philippina — SANGUILA et al. 2016
Calliophis philippinus — BROWN et al. 2018
Calliophis philippina — WEINELL et al. 2019 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Camiguin Sur)

Type locality: Philippines  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION. Black crossbars on venter in contact with black on sides; dorsolateral stripe broad, tan or reddish brown; no distinct white line on sides of body along outer scale row; pre- frontals colored as rest of head; cream crossbars on venter extend onto sides of body, often to fourth scale row; ventrals 232-285 (males 236-250, females 237-270); subcaudals 21-30 (males 25-30, females 21-27); 29–45 black crossbars on venter; 1–4 black crossbars on underside of tail (from Leviton et al. 2014: 494). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1896. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum, Vol. 3. London (Taylor & Francis), xiv + 727 pp. - get paper here
  • Brown, Rafe M.; Utpal Smart, Alan E. Leviton, and Eric N. Smith 2018. A New Species of Long-glanded Coralsnake of the Genus Calliophis (Squamata: Elapidae) from Dinagat Island, with Notes on the Biogeography and Species Diversity of Philippine Calliophis and Hemibungarus. Herpetologica In-Press - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1864. The Reptiles of British India. London (Taylor & Francis), xxvii + 452 pp. - get paper here
  • Leviton, A.E., R.M. Brown, and C.D. Siler. 2014. The dangerously venomous snakes of the Philippine Archipelago. in The Coral Triangle: The 2011 Hearst Biodiversity Philippine Expedition (G.C. Williams and T.M. Gosliner, eds.). California Academy of Sciences, USA, Pp 473–530
  • Leviton, Alan E.; Cameron D. Siler, Jeffrey L. Weinell, and Rafe M. Brown 2018. Synopsis of the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (14): 399-568 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Sanguila MB, Cobb KA, Siler CD, Diesmos AC, Alcala AC, Brown RM 2016. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, II: the herpetofauna of northeast Mindanao and adjacent islands. ZooKeys 624: 1–132, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.624.9814 - get paper here
  • VENTURINA, Russell Evan L.;Ynigo Luis C. DEL PRADO,Rhim Ayyah C. KAMIR, Marlon N. BALMORES and Arvin C. DIESMOS 2020. A Revised Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Camiguin Sur, Misamis Oriental, Mindaanao, Philippines. Asian Herpetological Research 11 (1): 28-43 - get paper here
  • Weinell, Jeffrey L.; Errol Hooper, Alan E. Leviton, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Illustrated Key to the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 66 (1): 1-49 - get paper here
  • Welch, K. R. G. 1994. Snakes of the World. A Checklist. I. Venomous snakes. KCM Books, Somerset, England.
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