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Lycodon cavernicolus GRISMER, QUAH, ANUAR M.S., MuiN, WOOD & NOR, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Gua Wang Burma Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycodon cavernicolus GRISMER, QUAH, ANUAR M.S., MuiN, WOOD & NOR 2014 
DistributionPeninsular Malaysia (Perlis)

Type locality: Gua Wang Burma, Perlis State Park, Perlis, Peninsular Malaysia (6°41.594N 100°11.400E at 175 m elevation).  
TypesHolotype: LSUHC 9985, adult female, collected on 12 March 2011 by Evan S.H. Quah and Shahrul Anuar M.S. Paratype. Juvenile male (LSUHC 10500) has the same data as the holotype except for being collected on 23 May 2010. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Lycodon cavernicolus sp. nov. is separated from all other species of the L. ruhstrati and L. fasciatus groups by having the combination of an elongate loreal scale that enters the orbit; 245 (male) and 232 (female) ventral scales; 113 (male) and 92 (female) paired subcaudal scales; a single precloacal plate; nine or 10 supralabials; 10 or 11 infralabials; a maximum total length of 508 mm for the single female; relative tail length 0.25–0.27; venter immaculate as juveniles and with dark edging on the posterior margins of the ventral scales in adults; and bands in juveniles that are white (Tables 2,3). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “cavernicolus” is an adjective derived from the Latin caverna meaning “cave” and the Latin cola meaning “dweller of” and refers to this species being a cave-dweller. 
  • GRISMER, L. LEE; EVAN S.H. QUAH, SHAHRUL ANUAR M.S,, MOHD ABDUL MUIN, PERRY L. WOOD, JR & SITI AZIZAH MOHD NOR 2014. A diminutive new species of cave-dwelling Wolf Snake (Colubridae: Lycodon Boie, 1826) from Peninsular Malaysia. Zootaxa 3815 (1): 051–067 - get paper here
  • Janssen HY, Pham CT, Ngo HT, Le MD, Nguyen TQ, Ziegler T 2019. A new species of Lycodon Boie, 1826 (Serpentes, Colubridae) from northern Vietnam. ZooKeys 875: 1-29 - get paper here
  • VOGEL, GERNOT; PATRICK DAVID 2019. A new species of the Lycodon fasciatus complex from the Khorat Plateau, eastern Thailand (Reptiles, Squamata, Colubridae). Zootaxa 4577 (3): 515–528 - get paper here
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