Lycodon alcalai OTA & ROSS, 1994
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lycodon alcalai?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Alcala's Wolf Snake|
|Synonym||Lycodon alcalai OTA & ROSS 1994|
Lycodon alcalai — WALLACH et al. 2014: 391
|Distribution||Philippines (Batan Island)|
Type locality: Batan Island (20'25'N, 121° 58’ E), Batan Island group, approximately 2.5 km ENE of Basco on the W slope of Mt. Iraya, elevation 150 m.
|Types||Holotype:-PNM 990, an adult male; captured 30 May 1985, by R. S. Kennedy and party.|
Paratypes. USNM 266603, an adult female, same data as holotype. USNM 266604 and USNM 319282, adult males from approximately 3 km ENE of Basco on the W slope of Mt. Iraya, alt. 320 m; captured 9 June 1985, by C. A. Ross and party. USNM 291412, an adult male from same locality as holotype; captured 7 March 1988 by C. A. Ross and A. Fidel. USNM 291413, an adult male from approximately 1 km NE of Basco, alt. 130 m; captured 12 March 1988 by A. Fidel.
|Comment||Lycodon alcalai and L. chrysoprateros differ from all other Philippine species of Lycodon in lacking transverse light bands on all of the body and tail. Lycodon alcalai differs from L. chrysoprateros in having more than 200 ventral scales (less than 195 in L. chrysoprateros).|
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Angel Chua Alcala (b. 1929), biologist and herpetologist who has studied the reptiles and amphibians of the Philippines for 50 years, mostly in collaboration with Walter C. Brown.|