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Elaphe schrenckii STRAUCH, 1873

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Amur Ratsnakes, Siberian Ratsnake
G: Amurnatter 
SynonymElaphis Schrencki STRAUCH 1873
Coluber schrenkii — BOULENGER 1894: 48
Coluber virgatus BOETTGER 1898: 51 (fide STEJNEGER 1907)
Elaphe schrenckii — STEJNEGER 1907: 313
Elaphe schrenckii schrenckii POPE 1935
Elaphe schrenckii — SCHULZ 1996: 235
Elaphe schrenckii — UTIGER et al. 2002
Elaphe schrenki — BURBRINK & LAWSON 2007 (in error)
Elaphe shrenki — BURBRINK & LAWSON 2007 (in error) 
DistributionRussia (Amur River Basin of Siberia, Primorskiy Territory),
Korea, N/C China (Jehol, Hopei, Shansi), E Mongolia

Type locality: Russia: Hinggan Mountains, Strauch, 1873 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.
 
TypesLectotype: ZISP (ZIL) 3706 (orig. 415), a 1950 mm specimen (L. von Schrenck, 1856), designated by Maki, 1931a: 101. 
CommentHybridization: Elaphe schrenckii may interbreed with Elaphe climacophora and produce fertile offspring, which appears to resemble Elaphe taeniura (Claudia Holzhammer, pers. comm). Treu (2008) reports hybridization between E. schrenckii and Zamenis longissimus although it is not known whether the offspring is fertile.

Elaphe schrenckii anomala BOULENGER 1916 has been elevated to valid species status. 
EtymologyNamed after Leopold von Schrenck (1826-1894), Russian Naturalist. 
References
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