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Amphiesmoides ornaticeps (WERNER, 1924)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesWerner's Ornate Snake
Vietnamese name: Ran hoa wen-no 
SynonymTropidonotus ornaticeps WERNER 1924: 30
Natrix andrewsi SCHMIDT 1925: 2
Macropophis ornaticeps — MELL 1931
Macropophis ornaticeps — BOURRET 1936: 104
Amphiesmoides ornaticeps — MALNATE 1961: 4
Amphiesmoides ornaticeps — ZHAO & ADLER 1993
Amphiesmoides ornaticeps — ZIEGLER et al. 2006
Amphiesmoides ornaticeps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 35 
DistributionChina (Hainan, E Guangxi, Guangdong ?, Fujian), Vietnam (Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, and Nghe An)

Type locality: Northern Hainan, China (fide NGUYEN 2013, pers. comm.)
Type locality: adjacent to Phong Nha — Ke Bang National Park, Thuong Hoa commune, Minh Hoa district, Quang Binh Province, central Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: NMW 23415 (No. 8094 in Werner 1924). 
CommentDistribution: Not listed for Vietnam by SANG et al. (2009).

Type species: Amphiesmoides ornaticeps is the type species of the (monotypic) genus Amphiesmoides MALNATE 1961. 
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  • Forest Protection Department of Bac Giang Province 2010. Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve: Biodiversity Conservation Value and Development Potential. Publishing House for Science and Technology, 37 pp.
  • Hecht, Vera L.; Cuong T. Pham, Tao T. Nguyen, Truong Q. Nguyen, Michael Bonkowski & Thomas Ziegler 2013. First report on the herpetofauna of Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, northeastern Vietnam. Biodiversity Journal 4 (4): 507–552
  • Malnate, E.V. 1961. Amphiesmoides, a new genus for Tropidonotus ornaticeps Werner (Serpentes: Colubridae). Notulae Naturae, Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 341, 1–7.
  • Malnate, E.V. 1962. The relationships of five species of the Asiatic natricine snake genus Amphiesma. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 114, 251–299. - get paper here
  • Mell,R. 1931. List of Chinese snakes. Lingnan Sci. Jour., Canton, 8 [1929]: 199-219.
  • Nguyen, Q.T.; David, P.; Tran, T.T.; Luu, Q.V.; Le, K.Q. & Ziegler, T. 2010. Amphiesmoides ornaticeps (Werner, 1924), an addition to the snake fauna of Vietnam, with a redescription and comments on the genus Amphiesmoides Malnate, 1961 (Squamata: Natricidae). Revue Suisse de Zoologie 117 (1): 45-56
  • Pope, CLIFFORD H. 1935. The Reptiles of China. Turtes, Crocodilians, Snakes, Lizards. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist., New York, Nat. Hist. Central Asia, 10: lii, 1-604
  • 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.
  • Werner, F. 1924. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. l. Teil. Sitzungsb. Ber. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 133: 29 - 56 - get paper here
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
  • Ziegler, T. 2012. Erforschung und Erhalt der Artenvielfalt: Neue Wege des Kölner Zoos in Südostasien. Zeitschrift des Kölner Zoos 55 (3): 111-
  • Ziegler, T., and Quyet, L.K. 2006. A new natricine snake of the genus Amphiesma (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from the central Truong Son, Vietnam. Zootaxa 1225:39-56 - get paper here
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