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Oligodon propinquus JAN, 1862

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Bleeker's Kukri Snake 
SynonymOligodon propinquus JAN 1862
Oligodon propinquus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 131
Oligodon propinquus — DAVID & VOGEL 2012
Oligodon propinquus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 492 
DistributionIndonesia (Java)

Type locality: "Giava" [= Java, W Indonesia].  
TypesHolotype: ZMH 4432 (formerly ZMH 132 or 192) 
DiagnosisDescription: Rostral visible from above; nasal entire; suture between the internasals longer than that between the praefrontals; frontal longer than its distance from the tip of the snout, as long as the parietals; loreal small, more long than deep; one prae- and two postoculars; temporals 1 + 2; seven upper labials, third and fourth entering the eye; four lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields; latter longer than the posterior. Scales in 15 rows; ventrals 140; anal entire; subcaudals 27 (De Rooij 1917: 131).

Color: Black above, with yellow dots; a series of yellow spots along the back. Lower surface whitish. Length of head and body 245 mm.; tail 40 mm (De Rooij 1917: 131) 
CommentSynonymy: WAGNER (30 July 2002, pers. comm.) synonymized Oligodon propinquus with Oligodon waandersi based on an examination of the types. The locality of propinquus ["Java"] is most certainly incorrect. 
  • DAVID, PATRICK & GERNOT VOGEL 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Pulau Nias, Indonesia. Zootaxa 3201: 58–68 - get paper here
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1862. Enumerazione sistematico delle specie d'ofidi del gruppo Calamaridae. Arch. Zool., Anat. Fisiol., 2: 1-76. - get paper here
  • Lang, Ruud de 2017. The Snakes of Java, Bali and Surrounding Islands. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 435 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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