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Hebius miyajimae (MAKI, 1931)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Maki's Keelback 
SynonymNatrix miyajimae MAKI 1931: 49
Amphiesma miyajimae — ZHAO & JIANG 1986
Hebius miyajimae — GUO et al. 2014
Amphiesma miyajimae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 31 

Type locality: "Taihoku Formosa."  
TypesHolotype: NSMT H-2956, a 393 mm male (Miyajima, May 1928). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Maxillary teeth 18+2, posterior two abruptly enlarged, internasals narrowed in front, their sutures with rostral much longer than the suture between rostral and the first supralabials; supralabials eight, third to fifth entering eye; one pre- and three postoculars ; temporals 1+1 ; scales in 19 rows, all strongly keeled but those of outer row are faintly keeled; ventral 141-152; anal divided ; subcaudals 87-92. (Maki 1931: 49) 
EtymologyNamed after "Miyajima", the collector of the type. 
  • GUO, PENG; FEI ZHU, QIN LIU, LIANG ZHANG, JIAN X. LI, YU Y. HUANG & R. ALEXANDER PYRON 2014. A taxonomic revision of the Asian keelback snakes, genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3873 (4): 425–440 - get paper here
  • Maki, M. 1931. Monograph of the Snakes of Japan. Dai-ichi Shobo, Tokyo. (1), 7, 240 pages (expanded edition 1933)
  • Toriba, M. 1993. Present location of the type specimens described by Maki. The Snake 25: 71-72
  • 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.
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
  • Ziegler, T., and Quyet, L.K. 2006. A new natricine snake of the genus Amphiesma (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from the central Truong Son, Vietnam. Zootaxa 1225: 39-56 - get paper here
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