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Amphiesma stolatum (LINNAEUS, 1758)

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Higher TaxaNatricidae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Buff Striped Keelback
G: Gelbhalswassernatter, Gestreifte Wassernatter, Asiatische Streifennatter, Gelbband-Wassernatter 
SynonymColuber stolatus LINNAEUS 1758: 219
Elaps bilineatus SCHNEIDER 1801: 299
Natrix stolatus — MERREM 1820: 123
Tropidonotus stolatus — BOIE 1827: 535
Amphiesma stolatum DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 727
Tropidonotus stolbatus [sic] — KELAART 1854: 139 (in error ?)
Tropidonotus stolatus — GÜNTHER 1864: 266
Tropidonotus ruficeps PETERS 1869: 444
Tropidonotus stolatus — BOULENGER 1890: 348
Tropidonotus stolatus — BOULENGER 1893: 253
Natrix stolata — STEJNEGER 1907: 280
Tropidonotus stolatus — WALL 1908: 320
Rhabdophis stolatus — WALL 1921
Amphiesma stolata — WALL 1921: 105
Natrix stolata chinensis MELL 1930
Natrix stolata — SMITH 1943: 303
Amphiesma stolata — DAS 1996: 53
Amphiesma stolata — COX et al. 1998: 45
Amphiesma stolatum — DAVID, VOGEL & PAUWELS 1998
Amphiesma stolata chinesis — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 154
Amphiesma stolata — SHARMA 2004
Amphiesma stolata — JANZEN et al. 2007 
DistributionTaiwan (incl. Lanyu),
China (Hainan, Hong Kong, Fujian, Jiangxi),
Sri Lanka, Andaman Island ?,
India (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Maharashtra (Koyna, Marunji, Lohagad, Lonavla, Phansad), Arunachal Pradesh (Miao - Changlang district, Chimpu, Van Vihar, Chessa - Papum Pare district), Punjab [Dino Aulakh, pers. comm.], Himachal Pradesh), Bhutan,
Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Nepal, Pakistan

Type locality: “America” (in error); “Indien” fide KRAMER 1977. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: Stockholm 
CommentSynonymy partly after STEJNEGER 1907. Kaiser et al. 2013 considered the generic names Asianatrix Hoser 2012, Elliottnatrix Hoser 2012, Greernatrix Hoser 2012, Sundanatrix Hoser 2012, Wellingtonnatrix Hoser 2012, Wellsnatrix Hoser 2012 invalid and rejected their use instead of Amphiesma.

Type species: Coluber stolatus LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Amphiesma DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854 (see DAVID et al. 1998).

Distribution: Has been reported from the Andaman Islands by SMITH 1943 and others although no voucher specimens exist. The existence on these islands is therefore questionable (Das 1999). STUEBING (1991) reported this species from Borneo but this appears to be based on a misidentification according to MALKMUS et al. (2002).

Behavior: diurnal.

Reproduction: oviparous. 
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