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Higher TaxaElapidae, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesBungarus multicinctus multicinctus BLYTH 1861
Bungarus multicinctus wanghaotingi POPE 1928 
Common NamesE: Many-banded Krait
G: Vielgebänderter Krait 
SynonymBungarus multicinctus BLYTH 1861: 98
Bungarus semifasciatus GÜNTHER 1858: 221 (not of BOIE)
Bungarus semifasciatus — GÜNTHER 1864: 344
Bungarus caeruleus — STOLICZKA 1870 (fide SMITH 1943)
Bungarus semifasciatus — GÜNTHER 1888: 171
Bungarus candidus var. multicinctus — BOULENGER 1896: 369
Bungarus multicinctus — STEJNEGER 1907: 397
Bungarus candidus multicinctus — BOURRET 1936
Bungarus multicinctus — SMITH 1943: 416
Bungarus cf. multicinctus — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 209
Bungarus multicinctus — SANG et al. 2009

Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus BLYTH 1861
Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus — MELL 1929
Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus — WELCH 1994: 39
Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus — SANG et al. 2009
Bungarus multicinctus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 130

Bungarus multicinctus wanghaotingi POPE 1928
Bungarus wanghaotingi POPE 1928: 3
Bungarus multicinctus wanghaotingi — MELL 1929
Bungarus multicinctus wanghaotingi — WELCH 1994: 39
Bungarus wanghaotingi — LEVITON et al. 2003
Bungarus multicinctus wanghaotingi — SANG et al. 2009
Bungarus wanghaotingi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 130 
DistributionTaiwan, S China (incl. Hong Kong, Hainan),
Myanmar (= Burma), Laos, N Vietnam, Thailand.

wanghaotingi: China (Yunnan), Myanmar (= Burma); Type locality: Yuankiang, China.

Type locality: Amoy 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: lost (fide SANG et al. 2009, Smith 1943 and Toriba 1993b)
Holotype: AMNH 35230 [wanghaotingi] 
CommentSynonymy partly after STEJNEGER 1907. Not listed by DAS (1996).

From B. multicinctus, B. wanghaotingi can be distinguished by the lower number of light cross bands on the body and tail (31–40 on the body and 9–17 on the tail in B. multicinctus, 20–31 and 7–11 respectively in B. wanghaotingi).

The “multicinctus-wanghaotingi” species group requires study; it is likely polytypic and several closely related though distinct species likely are hidden presently under the names multicinctus and wanghaotingi (LEVITON et al. 2003).

DIAGNOSTIC CHARACTERS (DIAGNOSIS) [wanghaotingi].— Dorsal scales in 15 longitudinal rows at midbody; sub-caudal scutes undivided throughout; middorsal row of scales (vertebrals) strongly enlarged, as broad as or broader than long; tail tapering, terminating in a point; ventrals 209–228, subcaudals
44–54 (fide Pope 1935:339, Smith 1943: 416). Belly uniformly white; dorsum with 20–31 light crossbands, crossbars narrower than black crossbars; 7–11 white crossbars on tail. Total length 1100 mm; tail length 145 mm. [after LEVITON 2003] 
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