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Hebius chapaensis (BOURRET, 1934)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Vietnam Water Snake
Chinese: 沙坝腹链蛇 
SynonymPararhabdophis chapaensis BOURRET 1934
Pararhabdophis chapaensis — SMITH 1943: 316
Pararhabdophis chapaensis — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Pararhabdophis chapaensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 533
Hebius chapaensis — KIZIRIAN et al. 2018
Hebius chapaensis — REN et al. 2018 
DistributionVietnam (Lao Cai, Yen Bai), China (Yunnan)

Type locality: Chapa, Tong-King (= Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, North Vietnam)  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1938.0125 
CommentType species: Pararhabdophis chapaensis BOURRET 1934 is the type species of the genus Pararhabdophis BOURRET 1934.

Synonymy: Kizirian et al. 2018 and Ren et al. 2018 synonymized Parahelicops with Hebius. 
  • Bourret, R. 1934. Notes herpétologiques sur l'Indochine Française I. Ophidiens de Chapa. Bull. Gen. Instr. Pub. Hanoi 7 (March 1934): 129-138
  • KIZIRIAN, DAVID; NGUYEN QUANG TRUONG, HANH THI NGO, AND MINH DUC LE, 2018. Parahelicops, Pararhabdophis, Paraphyly: Phylogenetic Relationships among Certain Southeast Asian Natricine Snakes (Hebius). American Museum Novitates, (3906):1-7 - get paper here
  • Le, Dzung Trung; Anh Ngoc Dao, Dat Thang Pham, Thomas Ziegler, and Truong Quang Nguyen 2018. New records and an updated list of snakes from Yen Bai Province, Vietnam. Herpetology Notes 11: 101-108 - get paper here
  • Luu, V. Q., Dinh, T. S., Lo, O. V., Nguyen, T. Q. and Ziegler, T. 2020. New records and an updated list of reptiles from Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 69: 1-9.
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • REN, JIN-LONG; KAI WANG, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, CHUNG VAN HOANG, GUANG-HUI ZHONG, KE JIANG, PENG GUO, JIA-TANG LI 2018. Taxonomic re-evaluation of the monotypic genus Pararhabdophis Bourret, 1934 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) with discovery of its type species, P. chapaensis, from China. Zootaxa 4486 (1): 031–056 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
  • 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.
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