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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, 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).


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). 
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