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Lycodon bibonius OTA & ROSS, 1994

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ota's Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycodon bibonius OTA & ROSS 1994
Lycodon bibonius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 391 
DistributionPhilippines (Camiguin Island)

Type locality: Camiguin Island (18°55'N, 121°55'E), Babuyan Island Group; ca. 1.5 km E of Mambit, elevation 70 m.  
TypesHolotype: PNM 2044, a juvenile female; captured 21 May 1989 by R. I. Crombie and H. Ota. Paratypes. USNM 319283-319285, a juvenile male and two juvenile females from Mambit, alt. 5 m; captured 19 May 1989; CAS 188163, a juvenile female, and USNM 319286, a juvenile male, both from the same locality as holotype; captured 19 and 22 May 1989, respectively. All captured by H. Ota and R. I. Crombie. 
CommentLycodon bibonius is distinct from other Lycodon species in the Philippines in having 22-25 and 16-21 pale bands on the body and tail, respectively 
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  • Janssen HY, Pham CT, Ngo HT, Le MD, Nguyen TQ, Ziegler T 2019. A new species of Lycodon Boie, 1826 (Serpentes, Colubridae) from northern Vietnam. ZooKeys 875: 1-29 - get paper here
  • Lanza,B. 1999. A new species of Lycodon from the Philippines, with a key to the genus (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae). Tropical Zoology 12: 89-104 - get paper here
  • Leviton, Alan E.; Cameron D. Siler, Jeffrey L. Weinell, and Rafe M. Brown 2018. Synopsis of the Snakes of the Philippines. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 64 (14): 399-568 - get paper here
  • Ota H. & Ross C. A. 1994. Four new species of Lycodon (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the northern Philippines. Copeia 1994 (1): 159-174. - get paper here
  • Siler, C. D., Oliveros, C. H., Santanen, A., Brown, R. M. 2013. Multilocus phylogeny reveals unexpected diversification patterns in Asian wolf snakes (genus Lycodon). Zoologica Scripta 42: 262–277 - 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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