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Oligodon notospilus GÜNTHER, 1873

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Palawan Kukri Snake; Palawan Short-headed Snake 
SynonymOligodon notospilus GÜNTHER 1873: 169
Oligodon schadenbergi BOETTGER 1895
Oligodon iwahigensis GRIFFIN 1909
Oligodon iwahigensis — TAYLOR 1922: 149
Oligodon schadenbergi — TAYLOR 1922: 151
Oligodon vertebralis notospilus — LEVITON 1963: 477
Oligodon notospilus — FRANK & RAMUS 1995
Oligodon vertebralis notospilus — GAULKE 1999
Oligodon notospilus — DAVID & VOGEL 2012
Oligodon notospilus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 501 
DistributionPhilippines (Palawan: Calamian Islands, Busuanga, Balabac, Mindanao)

Type locality: Mindanao Id., Philippines (but see comment)  
Reproduction 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.3.23 (and possibly additional specimens).
Neotype: CAS 62173, designated by Slevin and Leviton (1956) [iwahigensis] 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: Leviton et al. 2018 believe that the locality data accompanying the type specimen to be in error as this species is known only from islands in the Palawan Archipelago. For details see comments by Leviton (1963: 478). 
Etymology 
References
  • DAVID, PATRICK & GERNOT VOGEL 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Pulau Nias, Indonesia. Zootaxa 3201: 58–68
  • Gaulke M. 1999. Die Herpetofauna von Calauit Island (Calamianes-Inseln, Provinz Palawan, Philippinen) (Amphibia et Reptilia). Faun. Abh. Staatl. Mus. Tierk. Dresden 21 (19)
  • Griffin, L.E. 1909. A list of snakes found in Palawan. Philippine Journal of Science 4: 595-601 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1873. Notes on some reptiles and batrachians obtained by Dr. Bernhard Meyer in Celebes and the Philippine Islands. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1873: 165-172 - get paper here
  • Leviton, A. E., 1963. Remarks on the zoogeography of Philippine terrestrial snakes. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 31: 369-416. - get paper here
  • Taylor, E.H. 1922. The snakes of the Philippine Islands. Manila (Bureau of Printing or Science), Monograph 16: 312 pp. - 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.
  • Weinell, Jeffrey L.; Errol Hooper, Alan E. Leviton, Rafe M. Brown 2019. Illustrated Key to the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 66 (1): 1-49 - get paper here
 
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