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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Red River Krait 
SynonymBungarus slowinskii KUCH, KIZIRIAN, NGUYEN, LAWSON, DONNELLY & MEBS 2005
Bungarus slowinskii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 130 
DistributionN Vietnam (Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Quang Nam, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Khammouane), Laos

Type locality: Vietnam, Yen Bai Province, Van Yen District, from a stream near Na Hau Commune, 21°46’N, 104°32’E, 540 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR 1172 (original number LACM FS 843), adult male, Nguyen Q. T. and D. Kizirian, 1 Oct. 2001. 
EtymologyNamed after Joseph Bruno Slowinski (1963-2001), American herpetologist, who died from snakebite at age 38. For an obituary see Donnelly & Crother 2003. For more biographical details see James (2008) and Wedlich 2017. 
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  • James, J. 2008. The Snake Charmer. Hyperion eBooks, 260 pp.
  • Kharin, Vladimir E.;Nikolai L. Orlov, Natalia B. Ananjeva 2011. New Records and Redescription of Rare and Little-Known Elapid Snake Bungarus slowinskii (Serpentes: Elapidae: Bungarinae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (4): 284–294 - get paper here
  • Kuch, U.; Kizirian, D.; Nguyen, Q.T.; Lawson, R.; Donnelly, M.A. & Mebs, D. 2005. A new species of krait (Squamata: Elapidae) from the Red River System of Nothern Vietnam. Copeia 2005 (4): 818-833 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Susanne Wedlich 2017. Tod eines Schlangenforschers - "Das ist ein verfluchter Krait!". Spiegel Online, 03.05.2017 - get paper here
  • Thompson, C. & Thompson, T. 2008. First contact in the Greater Mekong - new species discoveries. WWF, 40 pp. - get paper here
  • Vogel, G. 2006. Venomous snakes of Asia - Giftschlangen Asiens. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 14, 148 p. - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Werning, H. 2006. Neu beschriebene Reptilien und Amphibien aus Vietnam. Reptilia (Münster) 11 (57): 4-5 - get paper here
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