Lycodon carinatus

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Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Lycodon
Species: Lycodon carinatus


Lycodon carinatus (Kuhl, 1820)

  • Syntypes: MNHN and RMNH (formerly AMG). [probably lost, MNHN specimen unlocated fide I. Ineich (March 2019, pers. comm.), and AMG was destroyed in a great fire in the Groningen academy building in 1906]
  • Type locality: not stated, designated as “Insel Ceylon [=Sri Lanka]” by Boie (1827: 517).


  • Hurria carinata Kuhl, 1820: 95 [original combination]
  • Cercaspis carinataWagler, 1830: 191 [subsequent combination, by implication]
  • Lycodon carinatusSchlegel, 1837: 142 [subsequent combination]
  • Cercaspis carinataFitzinger, 1843: 27 [subsequent combination]
  • Cercaspis carinatusDuméril, Bibron & Duméril, 1854: 390 [subsequent combination, gender agreement]


Primary references[edit]

  • Kuhl, H. 1820. Beiträge zur Zoologie und vergleichenden Anatomie. Hermannsche Buchhandlung: Frankfurt am Main. 152 pp. BHL Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Sri Lankan Wolf Snake