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Rhabdophis auriculata (GÜNTHER, 1858)

IUCN Red List - Rhabdophis auriculata - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesRhabdophis auriculata auriculata (GÜNTHER 1858)
Rhabdophis auriculata myersi LEVITON 1970 
Common NamesWhite-lined Water Snake 
SynonymTropidonotus auriculatus GÜNTHER 1858: 80
Tropidonotus auriculatus — BOULENGER 1893: 261
Rhabdophis auriculata — DORIA et al. 2013
Rhabdophis auriculatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 633

Rhabdophis auriculata auriculata (GÜNTHER, 1858)
Tropidonotus auriculatus GÜNTHER 1858: 80
Rhabdophis auriculatus — HARDING & WELCH 1980
Rhabdophis auriculatus HARDING & WELCH 1980

Rhabdophis auriculata myersi LEVITON 1970
Natrix auriculata — TAYLOR 1922
Rhabdophis auriculata myersi LEVITON 1970 
DistributionPhilippines (Basilan, Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Mindanao)

Type locality: “Philippines”  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.15.16 (and possibly additional specimens).
Holotype: CAS-SU 23391, adult male, collected 1959 by Angel Alcala. [myersi] 
CommentSome species of this genus are venomous although we do not have information about this particular species.

The CAS holotype catalogue also has R. a. myersi (status unclear). 
  • Beukema, W. 2011. Herpetofauna of disturbed forest fragments on the lower Mt. Kitanglad Rnage, Mindanao Isand, Philippines. Salamandra 47 (2): 90-98 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Günther, A. 1858. Catalogue of Colubrine snakes of the British Museum. London, I - XVI, 1 - 281
  • Leviton, Alan E. 1970. Description of a new subspecies of Rhabdophis auriculata in the Philippines, with comments on the zoogeography of Mindanao Island. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 38 (18): 347-361 - get paper here
  • Sanguila MB, Cobb KA, Siler CD, Diesmos AC, Alcala AC, Brown RM 2016. The amphibians and reptiles of Mindanao Island, southern Philippines, II: the herpetofauna of northeast Mindanao and adjacent islands. ZooKeys 624: 1–132, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.624.9814 - get paper here
  • Smith, Brian E. 1993. Notes on a collection of squamate reptiles from eastern Mindanao, Philippine Islands part 2: Serpentes. Asiatic Herpetological Research 5: 96-102 - get paper here
  • Toledo-Bruno, Angela Grace; Daryl G. Macas, Dave P. Buenavista, Michael Arieh P. Medina, Ronald Regan C. Forten 2017. Amphibian and reptile diversity in Mt. Kalatungan Range Natural Park, Philippines Environmental and Experimental Biology 15: 127–135, DOI: 10.22364/eeb.15.11 - 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.
  • ZHU, GUANG-XIANG; YING-YONG WANG,HIROHIKO TAKEUCHI & ER-MI ZHAO 2014. A new species of the genus Rhabdophis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Guangdong Province, southern China. Zootaxa 3765 (5): 469–480
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