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Rhabdophis auriculatus (GÜNTHER, 1858)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesRhabdophis auriculatus auriculatus (GÜNTHER 1858)
Rhabdophis auriculatus myersi LEVITON 1970 
Common NamesE: White-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 auriculatus auriculata (GÜNTHER 1858)
Tropidonotus auriculatus GÜNTHER 1858: 80
Rhabdophis auriculatus — HARDING & WELCH 1980
Rhabdophis auriculatus HARDING & WELCH 1980
Rhabdophis auriculata auriculata — CUDAL & CALIMBO 2021

Rhabdophis auriculatus myersi LEVITON 1970
Natrix auriculata — TAYLOR 1922: 89
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-SUR 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). 
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