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Lycodon davisonii (BLANFORD, 1878)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Blanford's Bridal Snake (Bridle Snake)
G: Nördliche Zügelnatter 
SynonymUlupe davisoni BLANFORD 1878: 129
Hydrophobus davisonii — BOULENGER 1890
Dryocalamus davisonii — BOULENGER 1893: 372
Dryocalamus davisonii — SMITH 1943: 274
Dryocalamus davisonii — COX et al. 1998: 64
Dryocalamus davisoni — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 162
Dryocalamus davisonii — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Dryocalamus davisonii — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Dryocalamus davisonii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 248
Lycodon davisonii — FIGUEROA et al. 2016 
DistributionMyanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam (Quang Binh, up to Quang Tri, Thanh Hoa), Laos

Type locality: “at the foot of Nawlabú Hill, east of Tavoy, in evergreen forest, at an elevation of about 1,500 feet”.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSI, holotype cannot be located at present (Das et al. 1998) 
Diagnosis 
CommentCharacteristic features. Seven supralabials (3-4 in contact with eye), one loreal, lacking preocular, two postoculars, 13 dorsal midbody scale rows, 239 ventrals, 111 divided subcaudals, and anal scute entire (ZIEGLER et al. 2006).

WALL (1909) thought that the Hydrophobus davisonii of SCLATER is actually Dryocalamus gracilis.

Distribution: reports from China are probably in error. Smith (1943), for instance, mentions “Cochin China”, a name used by the French for the southernmost part of Vietnam. 
EtymologyNamed after William Ruxton Davison (d. 1893), an ornithologist and curator, Raffles Museum, Singapore (1887-1893). 
References
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