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Achalinus werneri VAN DENBURGH, 1912

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Higher TaxaXenodermidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Amami odd-scaled snake 
SynonymAchalinus werneri VAN DENBURGH 1912: 8
Achalinus loochooensis THOMPSON 1912
Achalinus werneri — OTA 2000
Achalinus spinalis werneri
Achalinus werneri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 6 

Type locality: Nase, Amani O-shima, Loo Choo Islands, Japan [werneri].  
TypesHolotype: CAS 22064 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Similar to Achalinus spinalis, but with more numerous urosteges (eighty-eight to ninety-six). (Van Denburgh 1912: 8) 
CommentSynonymy fide A. Hagedorn and R. Goris (pers. comm.) 
EtymologyProbably named after Franz Werner (1867-1939), Austrian zoologist. See Antonius 1939 for biographical notes. This species is classified as “near threatened” in Japan (Ota 2000). 
  • Antonius, Otto 1939. Franz Werner zum Gedächtnis. Zool. Garten 11 (4/5): 186-188
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Goris, R.C. & Maeda, N. 2004. Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Japan. Krieger, Malabar, 285 pp.
  • LI, K., WU, Y. Y., XU, R. Y., ZHU, F., REN, J. L., GUO, P., & DONG, B. J. 2021. A new species of the Achalinus rufescens complex (Xenodermidae: Achalinus) from Fujian Province, China. Zootaxa 5026 (2): 239-254 - get paper here
  • Mori,M. 1982. Japans Schlangen, Vols. 1-3 (80, 102, 123 pp.). Tokyo (Igaku-Shoin Ltd.) [bilingual edition in German and Japanese]
  • Moriguchi H; Naito S 1979. A new locality record of Achalinus spinalis werneri from Tokuno-shima. Japanese Journal of Herpetology 8 (1): 36. - get paper here
  • Ota, H. 2000. Current status of the threatened amphibians and reptiles of Japan. Popul. Ecol. 42: 5-9 - get paper here
  • Thompson, J.C. 1912. Herpetological notices, No. 3. On reptiles new to the island arcs of Asia. Privately published, San Francisco, pp. 1-4
  • Van Denburgh, J. 1912. Advance diagnoses of new reptiles and amphibians from the Loo Choo Islands and Formosa. Privately published by author, San Francisco. 8 pages.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • ZIEGLER, THOMAS; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, CUONG THE PHAM, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, ANH VAN PHAM, MONA VAN SCHINGEN, THAM THI NGUYEN, MINH DUC LE 2019. Three new species of the snake genus Achalinus from Vietnam (Squamata: Xenodermatidae). Zootaxa 4590 (2): 249-269 - get paper here
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