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Oligodon signatus (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Barred (or Banded) Kukri Snake
G: Gebänderte Kukrinatter 
SynonymSimotes signatus GÜNTHER 1864
Simotes subcarinatus GÜNTHER 1872:595
Holarchus signatus — BARBOUR 1912
Holarchus subcarinatus — BARBOUR 1912:195.
Simotes annulifer — DE ROOIJ 1917
Simotes annulifer var. annulata LIDTH DE JEUDE 1922: 245
Oligodon subcarinatus — WALL 1923:328
Oligodon signatus — WALL 1923
Oligodon annulifer — WALL 1923
Simotes annulifer var. annulata — WERNER 1929
Oligodon annulifer annulata — HAAS 1950
Oligodon signatus — TWEEDIE 1954
Oligodon signatus — HENDRICKSON 1966: 67
Oligodon signatus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 373
Oligodon subcarinatus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 373
Oligodon subcarinatus — ROOIJEN 2009
Oligodon signatus — TILLACK & GÜNTHER 2010
Oligodon signatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 503 
DistributionSingapore Island,
Indonesia (Sumatra)
Malaysia (Malaya, Pulau Tioman)
Thailand (Songkla, Yala)

Type locality: Singapore

annulata: W Sumatra; Type locality: Balun, W Sumatra, Indonesia

subcarinatus: Malaysia (Borneo: Sarawak)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.3.20, 1946.1.3.25
Holotype: RMNH [annulata] 
CommentSee note in Oligodon subcarinatus.

The original description is available online (see link below).

Oligodon subcarinatus is a synonym of O. signatus (fide WAGNER, pers. comm. and TILLACK & GÜNTHER 2010) based on examination of types of both; only odd geographic distribution separates them. Synonymy mostly after TILLACK & GÜNTHER 2010. 
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  • Günther, A. 1872. On the reptiles and amphibians of Borneo. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1872: 586-600. - get paper here
  • Hendrickson,J.R. 1966. Observations on the fauna of Pulau Tioman and Pulau Tulai. 5. The Reptiles. Bull. Nat. Mus. Singapore 34: 53-71
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1922. Snakes from Sumatra. Zoologische Mededelingen 6: 239-253. - get paper here
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  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - get paper here
  • Tillack, Frank and Rainer Günther 2010. Revision of the Species of Oligodon from Sumatra and Adjacent Islands, with Comments on the Taxonomic Status of Oligodon subcarinatus (Günther, 1872) and Oligodon annulifer (Boulenger, 1893) from Borneo (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 16 (4): 265-294 [2009] - get paper here
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