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Lycodon flavicollis MUKHERJEE & BHUPATHY, 2007

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Yellow-collared wolf snake
G: Halsband-Wolfsnatter 
SynonymLycodon flavicollis MUKHERJEE & BHUPATHY 2007
Lycodon flavicollis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 394 
DistributionIndia (Tamil Nadu: Western Ghats, Anaikatti Hills, Telangana)

Type locality: Mangarai village located on the periphery of the Anaikatti Reserve Forest (600 m elevation 11°05 N 76°47 E), Western Ghats, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu State, southwestern India.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: ZSI 25641, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, India; male, collected by Debanik Mukherjee, September 7, 2003. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Snout-vent length up to 440 mm (Table 1); dorsal scales in 17:17:15 rows, scales smooth with single apical pit; anterior nasal shield larger than the posterior one; loreal in contact with internasal, but not with eye; 210 – 224 ventrals, not angulate laterally; anal scute divided, 65 – 72 subcaudals and divided; hemipenis cylindrical, not forked at the tip and lacks spines; head blackish brown, body light brown without bars, blotches and distinct spots, broad yellow collar and a yellow band with black border connecting collar and snout tip. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific name (Lycodon flavicollis) is derived from the Latin flavus (= yellow) and collare (collar) and refers to the presence of prominent yellow collar of this species, which is distinct from all other Lycodon species reported so far from the Western Ghats. The epithet is formed in the masculine to match the gender of the generic name Lycodon. 
References
  • Aengals, R.; V.M. Sathish Kumar & Muhamed Jafer Palot 2013. Updated Checklist of Indian Reptiles.
  • GANESH, S.R., RAMESHWARAN, M. & JOSEPH, N.A. 2017. Nachweis einer Halsband-Wolfsnatter, Lycodon flavicollis Mukherjee & Bhupathy, 2007, aus den Coutrallam Hills, südliche Western Ghats, Indische Halbinsel Sauria 39 (1): 58-60 - get paper here
  • Guptha B. M., Thulasaiah T., Prasad N. V. S. 2014. New Locality Record of Yellow Collared Wolf Snake Lycodon flavicollis Mukherjee and Bhupathy, 2007 from Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve, Eastern Ghats, Andhra Pradesh, India. JRB 4 (3): 2231 –6280
  • Mukherjee, Debanik and S. Bhupathy 2007. A new species of wolf snake (Serpentes: Colubridae: Lycodon) from Anaikatti Hills, Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, India. Russ. J. Herpetol. 14 (1):21-26. - get paper here
  • Muliya, S.K. & Nath, A. 2018. Geographic Distribution: Lycodon flavicollis (Yellow-collared Wolf Snake). Herpetological Review 49 (1): 77.
  • MULIYA, SANATH KRISHNA; ANUKUL NATH & ABHIJIT DAS 2018. First report of death feigning behaviour in the yellow collared wolf snake (Lycodon flavicollis) The Herpetological Bulletin 143: 41-42 - get paper here
  • Murthy, T.S.N. 1991. A rare Wolf Snake, Lycodon flavomaculatus, from the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, south India. The Snake 23:104-106.
  • Narayana, Buddi Laxmi; Mushkam Sandeep, and Shivani Dogra 2018. A new locality record for the Yellow-collared Wolfsnake, Lycodon flavicollis Mukherjee and Bhupathy 2007, from Hyderabad, Telangana, India. IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 25 (1): 55–56 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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