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Lycodon flavomaculatus WALL, 1907

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Yellow-spotted Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycodon flavomaculatus WALL 1907: 612
Ophites flavomaculatus — WALL 1923: 613
Lycodon flavomaculatus — SMITH 1943: 262
Lycodon flavomaculatus — LANZA 1999: 95
Lycodon flavomaculatus — WALMIKI et al. 2011
Lycodon flavomaculatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 394 
DistributionIndia (NW Ghats, Gujarat, Maharashtra (Talegaon, Uran), Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana)

Type locality: Dharwar, India.  
TypesSyntypes: BNHS = BNHM (Collection of the Bombay Natural History Society), BMNH 1906.7.27.2, 1946.1.13.83, 1946.1.13. 
DiagnosisDescription: Differs from striatus in having 9 supralabials instead of 8, in the characters of the hemipenis, and in colour pattern. Black above, with a series of small roundish or triangular, yellow, vertebral spots, opposite which bars of the same colour descend and broaden to form a reticulation on the flanks. V . 170-183; C.53-63.

Hemipenis extending to the 15th caudal plate, forked at the tip; the distal 1/3 is beset with large papillae, the remainder of the organ is spinose, those opposite the sulcus being the largest (Smith 1943). 
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  • Ganesh, Sumaithangi Rajagopalan & Gernot Vogel 2018. Taxonomic reassessment of the Common Indian Wolf Snakes Lycodon aulicus (Linnaeus, 1758) complex (Squamata: Serpentes: Colubridae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 67 (1): 25–36 - get paper here
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