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Species of Thailand

Small-spotted coral snake

In Thai: งูปล้องหวายหัวดำ, ngu phong wai hua damm

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, ngu phong wai hua damm

Subspecies

  • 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

Synonyms

  • 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)
  • Maticora maculiceps hughi, 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 maculiceps, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Callophis hughi, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Callophis sic maculiceps, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1943)
  • Calliophis maculiceps punctulatus, René Léon Bourret (1934)
  • Callophis hughi, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Calliophis maculiceps hughi, Doris Mable Cochran (1927)
  • Calliophis maculiceps var. univirgatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1915)
  • Callophis maculiceps var. univirgatus, Malcolm Arthur Smith (1915)
  • Elaps atrofrontalis, Henri Émile Sauvage (1877)
  • Calliophis maculiceps atrofrontalis, Henri Émile Sauvage (1877)
  • Calliophis maculiceps maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Elaps maculiceps, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1858)
  • Elaps melanurus, Theodore Edward Cantor (1847)

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Photos

Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)
Calliophis maculiceps (striped morph)

Range Map

Distribution map of Small-spotted coral snake, Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand
  • Ban Lat District, Phetchaburi
  • Buachet District, Surin
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Khan District, Loei
  • Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai
  • Hat Yai District, Songkhla
  • Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan
  • Kaeng Krachan District, Phetchaburi
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kamphaeng Saen District, Nakhon Pathom
  • Kapoe District, Ranong
  • Khao Chong
  • Khao Luang National Park
  • Khao Tha Petch Wildlife Conservation and Developme
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khok Pho District, Pattani
  • Ko Chang District, Trat
  • Ko Lanta District, Krabi
  • Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani
  • Ko Samui District, Surat Thani
  • Mae Lao District, Chiang Rai
  • Makham District, Chanthaburi
  • Muak Lek District, Saraburi
  • Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
  • Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi
  • Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
  • Mueang Mukdahan District, Mukdahan
  • Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung
  • Mueang Phichit District, Phichit
  • Mueang Surin District, Surin
  • Nakhon Si Thammarat Province
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Pai District, Mae Hong Son
  • Pak Chong District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Phu Wua Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phuket Province
  • Pluak Daeng District, Rayong
  • Si Racha District, Chonburi
  • Tha Phae District, Satun
  • Tha Song Yang District, Tak
  • Thong Pha Phum District, Kanchanaburi
  • Thung Song District, Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Wang Nam Khiao District, Nakhon Ratchasima
  • Wang Thong District, Phitsanulok
  • Wiang Kaen District, Chiang Rai
Range map of Calliophis maculiceps in Thailand