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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Malayan Banded Wolf Snake
G: (Weiss-) Gebänderte Wolfsnatter 
SynonymColuber platurinus SHAW 1802 (nomen nudum)
Natrix platyrhinus MERREM 1820 (nom. nov. pro Coluber platurinus SHAW)
Lycodon subcinctus SCHLEGEL 1826 (nomen nudum)
Lycodon subcinctus BOIE 1827: 551
Lycodon subcinctus REINWARDT 1827 (?)
Ophites subcinctus WAGLER 1830
Lycodon subcinctus — SCHLEGEL 1837
Lycodon platurinus CANTOR 1847
Ophites subcinctus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 398
Ophites succinctus (sic) — BLEEKER 1858
Ophitis (sic) subcinctus — EDELING 1870
Elapoides annulatus SAUVAGE 1884: 144
Lycodon subcinctus — BOULENGER 1893: 359
Anoplophallus maculatus COPE 1895
Lycodon subcinctus — SMITH 1943: 258
Lycodon subcinctus subcinctus — LEVITON 1955
Lycodon suratensis NUTPHAND 1986 (fide PAUWELS et al. 2006)
Lycodon subcinctus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 364
Ophites subcinctus — TEO & RAJATHURAI 1997
Lycodon subcinctus — COX et al. 1998: 63
Lycodon subcinctus — LANZA 1999
Lycodon subcinctus subcinctus — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 172
Lycodon subcinctus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 396 
DistributionBrunei Darussalam; Cambodia,
China (Hainan, Yunnan, Guangdong, Hong Kong, Fujian),
Indonesia (Simalur/Simeulue, Nias, Mentawai Islands, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Borneo), Timor-Leste, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam,
West Malaysia, India (Nicobar Islands)

maculatus: People's Republic of China (including Hainan).

Type locality: Java  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: unknown (fide NGUYEN et al. 2009) 
DiagnosisOriginal description from BOIE 1827: “[Lycodon] subcinctus Reinw. cf. Erp. de Java. Seba I. tab. 109 fig. 7. Russec. T. II. pl. 41. Oculi parvis, cauda quincunciali, scutello orbitali anteriori nullo, loreo elongato, squamis per series 17 dispositis, rhombeis, apice truncatis, dorsalibus posterioribus nonnullis carinatis, caeteris laevibus. Totus e fusco badius, subtus pallidior, capite subtus collari interrupto fasciisque nonnullis obsoletis albidis. 208-227 [cross sign] 62 - 89. An dem skellettierten Kopfe fand ich den dritten Zahn im Oberkiefer isoliert und viel größer als alle übrigen, in dem Unterkiefer sind der 3te und 4te Zahn größer. Das os mastoideum sehr klein.” 
CommentSubspecies: Lycodon subcinctus sealei LEVITON 1955 has been elevated to full species.

For a discussion of nomenclatorial issues concerning the genera Lycodon and Ophites see Zhao & Adler (who listed this species under Ophites). Juveniles can be confused with the venomous Bungarus candidus. 
Etymology 
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