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Bungarus suzhenae CHEN, SHI, VOGEL, DING & SHI, 2021

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Suzhen’s krait
Chinese: 素贞环蛇 (sù zhēn huán shé) 
SynonymBungarus suzhenae CHEN, SHI, VOGEL, DING & SHI 2021: 51
Bungarus multicinctus multicinctus – YANG & RAO 2008 
DistributionChina (Yunnan), Myanmar (Kachin State)

Type locality: China, Yunnan Province, Yingjiang County (24.466941°N, 97.648691°E), 934 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: CIB 116088, subadult male, collected from a road through rice fields in Yingjiang County, Yunnan Province, China (97.584451,24.662632, 922 m A.S.L), by Ding Li, in 2017.
Paratypes: (n = 3): CIB 
CommentDiet: In captivity, they prey on eels like Monopterus albus and small snakes such Xenochrophis flavipunctatus, Pareas spp., but refuse mice and frogs (CHEN et al. 2021). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet of the new species was named after Su-Zhen Bai, a famous powerful goddess of Chinese myth The legend of the White snake (白蛇传), in honor of her courage to true love and kindness to people. 
  • Chen, Z. N., Shi, S. C., Vogel, G., Ding, L., & Shi, J. S. 2021. Multiple lines of evidence reveal a new species of Krait (Squamata, Elapidae, Bungarus) from Southwestern China and Northern Myanmar. ZooKeys, 1025: 35 - get paper here
  • Slowinski J B. 1994. A phylogenetic analysis of Bungarus (Elapidae) based on morphological characters. Journal of Herpetology 28 (4): 440-446 - get paper here
  • Wang K, Lyu ZT, Wang J, Qi S, Che J 2022. Updated Checklist and Zoogeographic Division of the Reptilian Fauna of Yunnan Province, China. Biodiversity Science 30 (4): 21326, 1–31 - get paper here
  • Yang DT, Rao DQ. 2008. Amphibia and Reptilia of Yunnan. Kunming: Yunnan Publishing Group Corporation, 1-411. (in Chinese)
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