Lycodon tessellatus JAN, 1863
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Manila Wolf Snake|
|Synonym||Lycodon tessellatus JAN 1863: 96|
Lycodon tessellatus — BOULENGER 1893: 351
Ophites tesselatus — GRIFFIN 1911: 258
Ophites tessellatus — TAYLOR 1922: 124
Lycodon tessellatus — LANZA 1999
Lycodon tessellatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 397
Type locality: Manila, Luzon.
|Types||Holotype: NMW 21708 (fide Savage & McDiarmid 2018: 62)|
|Diagnosis||Description: Taylor 1922: 124 |
Color: Above with three series of alternating black spots; ventrals and subcaudals brown, edged with whitish (Taylor 1922: 124)
|Comment||Synonymy: after LEVITON 1965. Leviton et al. (2018) in a brief comment synonymised L. tessellatus within L. capucinus "with a degree of hesitancy". The status of tessellatus has not been resolved formally, so we leave it as is for now.|
Most recently, Ota (2000:299–304) reexamined the type specimen and provided new data that led him to suggest that “It is thus probable that L. tessellatus is most closely related to L. aulicus [= L. capucinus in the Philippines]. However, it differs in having three series of prominent alternating black spots on the dorsum, at least in the anterior part of the body.
Abundance: known only from the type specimen from Manila.
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