Lycodon anamallensis GÜNTHER, 1864
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lycodon anamallensis?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Colombo Wolf Snake|
|Synonym||Lycodon anamallensis GÜNTHER 1864|
Lycodon aulicus ‘typica’ – WALL 1909
Ophites anamallensis – WALL 1923
Lycodon osmanhilli TAYLOR 1950: 562
Lycodon osmanhilli — DAS 1996: 57
Lycodon osmanhilli — SOMAWEERA 2006
Lycodon osmanhilli — SILVA 2009: 82
Lycodon osmanhilli — KARUNARATHNA & AMARASINGHE 2011
Lycodon anamallensis — GANESH & VOGEL 2018
Lycodon osmanhilli — MADAWALA et al. 2019
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu, Kerala), Sri Lanka|
Type locality: Anamallay Hills of the Western Ghats
osmanhilli: Sri Lanka; Type locality: Colombo, Ceylon
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 19126.96.36.199|
Holotype: KU (= KUMNH) 24141 [osmanhilli]
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of Lycodon presently known from peninsular India and Sri Lanka, characterised by (1) a thin and small head, (2) absence of collar-mark on head; but the first ‘band’ passing across neck > 7–10 scales away from parietals, and converging towards tail, (3) a reddish-brown body with yellow or cream (never quite white) cross bars in life, (4) preocu- lar usually not contacting frontal, (5) supraocular usually contacting prefrontal, (6) a shorter hemipenis with nu- merous long flounces and spines, (7) supralabials creamy with a median brown spot, usually 9 on each side, (8) bifid anal scales, (9) scale rows 17:17:15, (10) ventrals: 174–204 and subcaudals: 60–73 pairs, (11) relative tail length 0.14–0.20 [Taylor, 1950, Ganesh & Vogel 2018]|
|Comment||Synonymy: Lycodon osmanhilli has been considered as a subspecies or variant of Lycodon aulicus (see LANZA 1999 for discussion). Listed as synonym of L. aulicus by WALLACH et al. 2014: 391. Ganesh & Vogel have resurrected L. anamallensis and synonymzed L. osmanhilli with it.|
Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
L. osmanhilli was named after the collector of the type, W.C. Osman Hill.
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