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Lycodon tessellatus JAN, 1863

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Manila Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycodon 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 
DistributionPhilippines (Luzon)

Type locality: Manila, Luzon.  
TypesHolotype: NMW 21708 (fide Savage & McDiarmid 2018: 62) 
DiagnosisDescription: Taylor 1922: 124

Color: Above with three series of alternating black spots; ventrals and subcaudals brown, edged with whitish (Taylor 1922: 124) 
CommentSynonymy: 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. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Brown, Walter C.; Alcala, Angel C. 1970. The zoogeography of the herpetofauna of the Philippine Islands, a fringing archipelago. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 38 (6): 105-130 - get paper here
  • Gaulke, M. 2002. A new species of Lycodon from Panay Island, Philippines (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae). Spixiana 25 (1): 85-92 - get paper here
  • Gemel, R.; G. Gassner & S. Schweiger 2019. Katalog der Typen der Herpetologischen Sammlung des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien – 2018. Ann. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, B 121: 33–248
  • Jan, G. 1863. Elenco Sistematico degli Ofidi descriti e disegnati per l'Iconografia Generale. Milano, A. Lombardi. vii + 143 pp. - get paper here
  • 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. 1965. Contributions to a review of Philippine snakes, VIII The snakes of the genus Lycodon H. Boie. The Philippine Journal of Science 94 (1): 117-140
  • 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
  • Taylor, E.H. 1922. The snakes of the Philippine Islands. Manila (Bureau of Printing or Science), Monograph 16: 312 pp. - 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.
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