Oligodon ocellatus (MORICE, 1875)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Ocellated Kukri Snake|
|Synonym||Simotes ocellatus MORICE 1875: 57|
Simotes brevicauda STEINDACHNER 1867 (not GÜNTHER 1862)
Oligodon analepticos CAMPDEN-MAIN 1970 (nom. nov.)
Oligodon ocellatus — STUART et al. 2006
Oligodon ocellatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 501
|Distribution||E Cambodia (Kompong Cham), S Vietnam ((Binh Tri Thien, Quang Nam-Da Nang, Dac Lac, Phu Khanh, Lam Dong, Tay Ninh, Dong Nai), 0-300 m elevation, Laos|
Type locality: "Tay-ninh, Cochinchine Française." [=Tay Ninh, Tay Ninh Province, southern Vietnam, 11° 18'N, 106° 06'E].
Terra typica (O. analepticos): “Cochinchina”
|Types||Syntypes: MHNL 1569a-b, 1571, and 1572, two males and two females, 539-663 mm (A. Morice).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the genus Oligodon cyclurus-group, characterized by (1) long and deeply forked hemipenes, reaching 15th–17th SC, thin, smooth and not spinose throughout; (2) 19–19–15 (rarely 13) dorsal scale rows; (3) reductions between 19 and 17 rows occurring between VEN 79–107 (mean 90.3); (4) a very short tail, TaL/TL 0.097–0.141; (5) 9–11 maxillary teeth, the last two or three strongly enlarged; (6) anal plate single; (6) head scalation complete, including a presubocular; (7) 8 (rarely 7) supralabials; (9) 2 anterior temporals; and (10) a typically blotched dorsal pattern, with large blotches in most specimens, or sometimes merely a reticulated pattern with very faint blotches (DAVID et al. 2008).|
CAMPDEN-MAIN provided this diagnosis for P. analepticos: “Scales smooth, in 19 rows at neck, reducing to 17 rows between 80th and 97th ventral, reducing to 15 rows between 95th and 117th ventral. Maxillary teeth 10 or 11, last three abruptly enlarged and recurbed. Venter immaculate.”
|Comment||CAMPDEN-MAIN 1970 considered Simotes brevicauda STEINDACHNER as a secondary homonym of Oligodon brevicauda GÜNTHER 1862. Thus a new name, Oligodon analepticos was proposed by CAMPDEN-MAIN 1970.|
Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
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