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Euprepiophis mandarinus (CANTOR, 1842)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mandarin Ratsnakes
G: Mandarinnatter
Chinese: 玉斑锦蛇 
SynonymColuber mandarinus CANTOR 1842: 483
Coluber mandarinus — BOULENGER 1894: 42
Ablabes pavo ANNANDALE 1912 (fide SMITH 1943)
Elaphe mandarinus STEJNEGER 1925
Elaphe takasago TAKAHASHI 1930
Holarchus roulei ANGEL & BOURRET 1933: 135 (fide SMITH 1943)
Elaphe mandarina — SMITH 1943: 157
Elaphe mandarinus — FLECK 1985
Elaphe mandarina — DAS 1996: 56
Elaphe mandarina — SCHULZ 1996
Euprepiophis mandarinus — UTIGER et al. 2002
Euprepiophis mandarinus — GUMPRECHT 2003
Elaphe mandarina — ZHAO 2006
Euprepiophis mandarinus — CHEN et al. 2013
Euprepiophis mandarina — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Euprepiophis mandarinus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 292
Euprepiophis mandarinus — WANG et al. 2022 
DistributionIndia (Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland), N Myanmar (= Burma), Laos, Vietnam (Hoa Binh), Taiwan,
S China (westward to SE Xizang = Tibet and northward to Shaanxi; Chekiang, Fujian, Guangdong, Kweichow, Sichuan; south to Wei He and Han Shui rivers, Beijing, Yunnan)

Type locality: China: Zhejiang, Chusan island (Cantor, 1842)  
TypesHolotype: BMNH RR (1946.1.12.97)
Holotype: NSMT H03245 [takasago] 
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