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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 
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 (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 
DistributionIndia, N Myanmar (= Burma), Laos, Vietnam, 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)

Type locality: China: Zhejiang, Chusan island (Cantor, 1842) 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: BMNH RR (1946.1.12.97)
Holotype: NSMT H03245 [takasago] 
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  • Boulenger, George A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London, xi, 382 pp. - get paper here
  • Cantor,T. 1842. General features of Chusan, with remarks on the flora and fauna of that island [part 3]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (1) 9: 481-493 - get paper here
  • Cantor,T. 1842. General features of Chusan, with remarks on the flora and fauna of that island [part 1]. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (1) 9: 265-278 - get paper here
  • Chen, Xin; Ke Jiang, Peng Guo, Song Huang, Dingqi Rao, Li Ding, Hirohiko Takeuchi, Jing Che, Yaping Zhang, Edward A. Myers, Frank T. Burbrink 2013. Assessing species boundaries and the phylogenetic position of the rare Szechwan ratsnake, Euprepiophis perlacea (Serpentes: Colubridae), using coalescent-based methods. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
  • Dowling, H.G., & Jenner, J.V. 1988. Snakes of Burma: checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (76): 19 pp. - get paper here
  • Fleck,J. 1985. Bemerkungen zur Haltung von Elaphe mandarinus (CANTOR 1842). Salamandra 21 (2-3): 157-160 - get paper here
  • Golder, F. 1974. Zur Kenntnis von Elaphe mandarina. Salamandra 10 (1): 22-26 - get paper here
  • Gumprecht, A. 2002. Elaphe mandarina (CANTOR). Sauria (Suppl.) 24 (3): 565-568 - get paper here
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  • Gumprecht, Andreas 2004. Euprepiophis mandarinus (Cantor). Litteratura Serpentium 24 (3): 112-125 - get paper here
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