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Coelognathus subradiatus (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sunda Rat Snake
G: Indonesische Kletternatter 
SynonymColuber subradiatus SCHLEGEL 1837: 136
Compsosoma sub-radiatum — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 297
Coluber subradiatus — BOULENGER 1894: 64
Coluber subradiatus — BOULENGER 1897: 506
Coluber melanurus var. timoriensis FERREIRA 1897 (fide KAISER, pers. comm.)
Elaphe subradiata — SCHULZ 1996: 247
Coelognathus subradiatus — HELFENBERGER 2001
Coelognathus subradiata — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Coelognathus subradiatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 172 
DistributionIndonesia (Enggano, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba, Komodo, Flores, Alor, Roti, Semau, Timor, Wetar, Timor-Leste

Type locality: Indonesia: Timor  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.6.16 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentSynonymy: "Based on the original description, Coluber melanurus var. timoriensis BETHENCOURT FERREIRA 1897 can be assigned to Coelognathus subradiatus and not C. flavolineatus. Unfortunately the specimens used by Bethencourt Ferreira were destroyed in the 1978 fire at the Museu Bocage in Lisbon, so this assessment relies on the comparison of new material from Timor-Leste with Bethencourt Ferreira's description” (H. Kaiser, pers. comm.)

Subspecies: Coelognathus subradiatus enganensis (VINCIGUERRA 1892) has been elevated to full species status. 
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