Lycodon futsingensis (POPE, 1928)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Dinodon futsingensis POPE 1928|
Dinodon septentrionale ruhstrati — MAKI 1931 (part.)
Dinodon futsingensis — BOURRET 1934
Dinodon futsingense — BOURRET 1936
Lycodon ruhstrati — POPE 1935 (part.)
Lycodon ruhstrati ruhstrati — OTA 1988 (part.)
Lycodon ruhstrati ruhstrati — LANZA 1999 (part.)
Ophites ruhstrati — ZHAO & ADLER 1993 (part.)
Lycodon futsingensis — VOGEL et al. 2009
Lycodon futsingensis — GUO et al. 2013
Lycodon futsingensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 394
|Distribution||China (Fukien = Fujian, Hong Kong, Guangdong)|
Vietnam (Vin Puh, Bắc Kạn [Ngan-Son], Lào Cai, Hà Tĩnh, Quang Binh (Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park).
Type locality. “Futsing Hsien, Fukien Province”, now Fuqing Xian [County], 25°44’N, 119°22’E, Fujian Province, People’s Republic of China. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 34106, collected by C.H. Pope, August-October, 1925. – Paratype. AMNH R34105, same data as the holotype.|
|Comment||Synonymy: the species has been synonymized with Lycodon ruhstrati (Pope, 1929), to which it is morphologically similar (Pope, 1935; Vogel et al., 2009). This arrangement has been followed for a long time by some authors (Zhao et al., 1998; Lanza, 1999). Recently, on the basis of morphological comparison, Vogel et al. (2009) revalidated Dinodon futsingensis and recognized it as Lycodon futsingensis.|
Diagnosis. A species of the genus Lycodon, characterized by: (1) a loreal not entering orbit; (2) 17 dorsal scale rows at the forepart of the body and at midbody; (3) the upper dorsal and vertebral scale rows entirely smooth; (4) 193-204 ventrals in males and 198-208 in females; (5) 72-87 SC in males and 78-85 in females; (6) a relative tail length ratio of 0.194-0.229 in males and 0.194-0.216 in females; (7) 19-33 light bands on a dark body; (8) the first band starting at Ve 13-21; and (9) upper maxillary teeth: 7-8 + 3-4 + 2-3. This species can be recognized by the combination of unkeeled dorsal scale rows and low ventral and subcaudal counts. For a detailed comparisons with other species of Lycodon see discussion in VOGEL eta l. (2009).
|Etymology||Etymology. This species was named according to the name of the type locality, Futsing Hsien, now spelt as Fuxing Qian in Pinyin.|
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