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Coelognathus philippinus (GRIFFIN, 1909)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Reddish Rat Snake
G: Philippinen-Kletternatter 
SynonymElaphe philippina GRIFFIN 1909: 597
Elaphe philippina — TAYLOR 1922: 159
Elaphe erythrura philippina — LEVITON 1963: 382
Elaphe erythrura philippina — LEVITON 1979: 113
Elaphe erythrura philippina — GAULKE 1994: 140
Elaphe erythrura philippina — GAULKE 1996: 50
Elaphe erythrura philippina — GAULKE 1999: 278
Coelognathus philippinus — HELFENBERGER 2001
Coelognathus philippinus — HUANG et al. 2008
Coelognathus philippinus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 170 
DistributionPhilippines: Balabac, Bongao, Busuanga, Culion, Palawan, Sanga Sanga, Sibutu, Tawitawi.

Type locality: "Iwabig, Palawan, Philippines" (lectotype locality)  
TypesLectotype: CAS 62143 
  • Gaulke, M. 1994. Contribution to the snake fauna of the Sulu Archipelago, with the description of a new subspecies of Dendrelaphis caudolineatus (GRAY, 1834). The Herpetological Journal 4 (4): 136-144. - get paper here
  • Gaulke, Maren 1996. Die Herpetofauna von Sibutu Island (Philippinen), unter Berücksichtigung zoogeographischer und ökologischer Aspekte. Senckenbergiana Biologica 75 (1/2): 45-56
  • Griffin, L.E. 1909. A list of snakes found in Palawan. Philippine Journal of Science 4: 595-601 - get paper here
  • Helfenberger, Notker 2001. Phylogenetic relationship of Old World Ratsnakes based on visceral organ topography, osteology, and allozyme variation. Russ. J. Herpetol. (Suppl.): 1-56 - get paper here
  • Huang, S.C.; Chen, M.Y. & Norval, G. 2008. An attack of a tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) on a Palawan ratsnake (Coelognathus philippinus) on Palawan Island, Philippines. Sauria 30 (3): 53-54 - 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
  • Leviton, A.E. 1979. Contributions to a review of Philippine snakes. XIII. The snakes of the genus Elaphe. Philippine J. Sci. 106: 99-128
  • 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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