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Small-spotted coral snake

Calliophis maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1858

(In Thai: งูปล้องหวายหัวดำ, ngu phong wai hua damm)

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.


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

Calliophis maculiceps

Common names

  • German: Gesprenkelte Korallenotter
  • English:
    • Speckled coral snake
    • Small-spotted coral snake
  • Thai: งูปล้องหวายหัวดำ, ngu phong wai hua damm


  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis, Henri Émile Sauvage, 1877

    Range: South Vietnam, Cambodia; Type locality: Cochin-China (= Southern Vietnam)

  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi, Doris Mable Cochran, 1927

    Range: Thailand (Koh Tao Island); Type locality: Koh Tao Islands, Gulf of Siam, Thailand

  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther, 1858

    Range: South Myanmar, Thailand, North-Wester Malaysia; Type locality: “East Indies” (GÜNTHER 1858)

  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis, J. Deuve, 1961

    Range: Laos; Type locality: Mekong, Laos.

  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi, Konrad Klemmer, 1963


  • Calliophis maculiceps, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps smithi, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps michaelis, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis, Nguyen Van Sang et al. (2009)
  • Calliophis maculiceps, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
  • Calliophis maculiceps, Ulrich Manthey & Wolfgang Grossmann (1997)
  • Maticora maculiceps michaelis, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)
  • Maticora maculiceps maculiceps, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Calliophis maculiceps - Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
Calliophis maculiceps - Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
Calliophis maculiceps - Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)

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Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps - Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi

Range Map

Distribution map of Small-spotted coral snake, Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand
  • Ao Luek District, Krabi
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Ban Mi District, Lopburi
  • Ban Na San District, Surat Thani
  • Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi
  • Bang Lamung District, Chonburi
  • Buachet District, Surin
  • Buntharik District, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Khan District, Loei
  • Dan Makham Tia District, Kanchanaburi
  • Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai
  • Hat Yai District, Songkhla
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Hua Sai District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Huai Yot District, Trang
  • Kabin Buri District, Prachinburi
  • Kaeng Hang Maeo District, Chanthaburi
  • Kaeng Khoi District, Saraburi
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom
  • Kantang District, Trang
  • Kapoe District, Ranong
  • Kathu District, Phuket
  • Khao Chong
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Phanom District, Krabi
  • Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park
  • Khao Saming District, Trat
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khian Sa District, Surat Thani
  • Khlong Thom District, Krabi
  • Khlung District, Chanthaburi
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Khok Si Suphan District, Sakon Nakhon
  • Ko Chang District, Trat
  • Ko Lanta District, Krabi
  • Ko Pha Ngan
  • Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • La-ngu District, Satun
  • Lang Suan District, Chumphon
  • Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae On District, Chiang Mai
  • Makham District, Chanthaburi
  • Muak Lek District, Saraburi
  • Mueang Chanthaburi District, Chanthaburi
  • Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
  • Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Loei District, Loei
  • Mueang Lopburi District, Lopburi
  • Mueang Mae Hong Son District, Mae Hong Son
  • Mueang Mukdahan District, Mukdahan
  • Mueang Nakhon Nayok District, Nakhon Nayok
  • Mueang Nakhon Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom
  • Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Mueang Nakhon Si Thammarat District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung
  • Mueang Phichit District, Phichit
  • Mueang Phuket District, Phuket
  • Mueang Surin District, Surin
  • Mueang Tak District, Tak
  • Mueang Trang District, Trang
  • Mueang Trat District, Trat
  • Na Thawi District, Songkhla
  • Na Yai Am District, Chanthaburi
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Nikhom Phatthana District, Rayong
  • Pai District, Mae Hong Son
  • Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Phanna Nikhom District, Sakon Nakhon
  • Phrom Khiri District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Phu Sing District, Sisaket
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phuket Province
  • Pluak Daeng District, Rayong
  • Sanam Chai Khet District, Chachoengsao
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi
  • Tha Phae District, Satun
  • Tha Song Yang District, Tak
  • Tha Takiap District, Chachoengsao
  • Thalang District, Phuket
  • Thepha District, Songkhla
  • Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi
  • Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Thung Yai Naresuan Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Wang Saphung District, Loei
  • Wang Thong District, Phitsanulok
  • Warin Chamrap District, Ubon Ratchathani
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
Range map of Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand