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Reptiles of Thailand

Species of Thailand

Small-spotted coral snake

Binomial name: Calliophis maculiceps (Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1858)

Calliophis maculiceps, commonly known as the speckled coral snake or the small-spotted coral snake, is a species of venomous elapid snake endemic to Southeast Asia. Five subspecies are recognized, including the nominotypical subspecies.

Geographic range

C. maculiceps is found in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

Subspecies

The following five subspecies are considered valid:

  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis (Sauvage, 1877)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi (Cochran, 1927)
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps (Günther, 1858)
  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis Deuve, 1961
  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi Klemmer, 1963

Nota bene: A trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the subspecies was originally described in a genus other than Calliophis.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Subphylum
Vertebrata
Class
Reptilia
Order
Squamata
Suborder
Serpentes
Family
Elapidae
Genus
Calliophis
Species
Calliophis maculiceps

Common names

  • German: Gesprenkelte Korallenotter
  • English: Speckled coral snake, Small-spotted coral snake
  • Thai: งูปล้องหวายหัวดำ

Subspecies

  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis (Henri Émile Sauvage, 1877) - South Vietnam, Cambodia; Type locality: Cochin-China (= Southern Vietnam)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi (Doris Mable Cochran, 1927) - Thailand (Koh Tao Island); Type locality: Koh Tao Islands, Gulf of Siam, Thailand
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps (Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1858) - South Myanmar, Thailand, North-Wester Malaysia; Type locality: “East Indies” (GÜNTHER 1858)
  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis (J. Deuve, 1961) - Laos; Type locality: Mekong, Laos.
  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi (Konrad Klemmer, 1963)

Synonyms

  • Calliophis maculiceps, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Calliophis maculiceps, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Maticora maculiceps hughi, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)
  • Maticora maculiceps maculiceps, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)
  • Maticora maculiceps michaelis, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)
  • Maticora maculiceps, Philippe Golay et al. (1993)
  • Callophis hughi, Edward Harrison Taylor (1965)
  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi, Konrad Klemmer (1963)
  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis
  • Callophis sic maculiceps, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Callophis hughi, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Callophis maculiceps, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Calliophis maculiceps punctulatus, René Léon Bourret (1934)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Callophis hughi, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Callophis maculiceps var. univirgatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1915)
  • Calliophis maculiceps var. univirgatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1915)
  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis, Henri Émile Sauvage (1877)
  • Elaps atrofrontalis, Henri Émile Sauvage (1877)
  • Elaps maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Elaps melanurus, Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)

Small-spotted coral snake is found in following locations in Thailand

Please note that this non-official list is not complete nor necessarily accurate. This list is a summary of checklists from other websites, blogs, publications, photo/videos published on various websites or our own findings. We appreciate your contributions with photo proof.

  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Doi Chiang Dao
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Khao Chong
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Muak Lek District, Saraburi
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Wang Thong District, Phitsanulok

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Small-spotted coral snake, Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand

Range map of Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand

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