Lycodon flavicollis MUKHERJEE & BHUPATHY, 2007
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lycodon flavicollis?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Yellow-collared wolf snake|
|Synonym||Lycodon flavicollis MUKHERJEE & BHUPATHY 2007|
Lycodon flavicollis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 394
|Distribution||India (Tamil Nadu: Western Ghats, Anaikatti Hills, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka)|
Type locality: Mangarai village located on the periphery of the Anaikatti Reserve Forest (600 m elevation 11°05 N 76°47 E), Western Ghats, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu State, southwestern India.
|Types||Holotype: ZSI 25641, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Kolkata, India; male, collected by Debanik Mukherjee, September 7, 2003.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Snout-vent length up to 440 mm (Table 1); dorsal scales in 17:17:15 rows, scales smooth with single apical pit; anterior nasal shield larger than the posterior one; loreal in contact with internasal, but not with eye; 210 – 224 ventrals, not angulate laterally; anal scute divided, 65 – 72 subcaudals and divided; hemipenis cylindrical, not forked at the tip and lacks spines; head blackish brown, body light brown without bars, blotches and distinct spots, broad yellow collar and a yellow band with black border connecting collar and snout tip.|
|Etymology||The specific name (Lycodon flavicollis) is derived from the Latin flavus (= yellow) and collare (collar) and refers to the presence of prominent yellow collar of this species, which is distinct from all other Lycodon species reported so far from the Western Ghats. The epithet is formed in the masculine to match the gender of the generic name Lycodon.|
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