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Hemibungarus is a monotypic genus of venomous elapid snakes, one of several known commonly as Asian coral snakes or oriental coral snakes.

Taxonomy


Hemibungarus

Sources vary greatly on the number of species within the genus, several species have been moved back and forth between Calliophis, Hemibungarus and more recently to Sinomicrurus, sometimes without much evidence to explain the reclassification. Only recent mitochondrial DNA sequencing has begun to clarify their taxonomy. The DNA has also been used to establish the relationship between the Asiatic coral snakes and the North American coral snakes. Slowinski, Boundy and Lawson erected the genus Sinomicrurus for species with a closer relationship to the genus Micrurus, but the name is not always accepted. The krait genus Bungarus, though has a similar scientific name, is only distantly related.

Distribution


Hemibungarus

Hemibungarus calligaster is found in the Philippines.

Species


Hemibungarus
  • Barred coral snake, Hemibungarus calligaster (Wiegmann, 1835)
  • H. c. calligaster (Luzon)
  • H. c. gemianulis (Cebu, Negros, Panay)
  • H. c. mcclungi (Polillo)

References



  • Genus Hemibungarus at The Reptile Database

Hemibungarus

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