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Hebius optatum (HU & ZHAO, 1966)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Mount Omei Keelback
Chinese: 丽纹腹链蛇 
SynonymNatrix optata HU & ZHAO 1966
Amphiesma optata — ZHAO & JIANG 1986
Amphiesma optatum — DAVID et al. 1998
Amphiesma optatum — DAVID et al. 2007
Hebius optatum — GUO et al. 2014
Amphiesma optatum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 32
Hebius optatus — ZHOU et al. 2019 
DistributionVietnam, SW China eastward to Hunnan and southward to Guangxi

Type locality: Liangfeng Gang, Mt. Omei, Sichuan Prov.: 700 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CIB Chuan 3624, Male; Coll. C. C Liu; 8. 9, 1940. 
Diagnosis 
CommentNot listed, at least as such, in the Zoological Record of 1966. 
Etymology 
References
  • David P., G. Vogel & Pauwels,O. 1998. Amphiesma optatum (Hu & Djao, 1966) (Serpentes, Colubridae): an addition to the snake fauna of Vietnam, with a list of the species of the genus Amphiesma and a note on its type species. Journal of Taiwan Museum 51 (2): 83-92 - get paper here
  • David, P., Bain, R. H., Nguyen Quang Truong, Orlov, N. L., Vogel, G., Vu Ngoc Thanh & T. Ziegler 2007. A new species of the natricine snake genus Amphiesma from the Indochinese Region (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae). Zootaxa 1462: 41-60 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Hu, Shu-QIN & Zhao, Ermi 1966. Three new species of reptiles from Szechwan (in Chinese with English abstract). Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, Peking, 3 (2): 158-164
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 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.
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • 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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