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Lycodon septentrionalis (GÜNTHER, 1875)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: White-banded Wolf Snake, Northern Large-toothed Snake
G: Nördliche Grosszahnnatter
Chinese: 白链蛇 
SynonymOphites septentrionalis GÜNTHER 1875: 233
Ophites septentrionalis — GÜNTHER 1888: 171
Lycodon septentrionalis – BOULENGER 1890
Dinodon septentrionalis — BOULENGER 1893: 363
Dinodon septentrionale chapaense ANGEL & BOURRET 1933
Dinodon septentrionalis — SMITH 1943: 270
Dinodon septentrionale var. chapaense — DEUVE 1961: 16
Dinodon septentrionalis — DAS 1996: 56
Dinodon septentrionalis — STUART et al. 2006
Dinodon septentrionale — DAVID et al. 2004
Dinodon septentrionale — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Lycodon septentrionalis — SILER et al. 2013 (by implication)
Dinodon septentrionale — WALLACH et al. 2014: 237
Dinodon septentrionalis — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 200
Lycodon cf. septentrionalis — YANG et al. 2019 
DistributionIndia (Darjeeling, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, N Mizoram), Bhutan,
Myanmar (= Burma: Kayin, N Kachin, N Mon), Laos (Xieng Khoang), Vietnam (Thua-Thien Hue Province, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Vinh Phuc, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Ha Tinh), Thailand (Chiang-Mai), Cambodia (Mondolkiri),
China (Yunnan); elevation 900-1000 m.

Type locality: Eastern Himalayas or Khasi Hills, North India  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.14.96 
Diagnosis 
CommentDistribution: records from Taiwan and Japan are in error and are due to confusuion with Ophites ruhstrati. Possibly in Bhutan (Lenz 2012). 
References
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