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Oligodon joynsoni (SMITH, 1917)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Gray Kukri Snake, Joynson’s Kukri Snake
G: Joynsons Kukrinatter
Chinese: 泰北小头蛇 
SynonymSimotes longicauda joynsoni SMITH 1917: 276
Oligodon joynsoni — SMITH 1943: 218
Oligodon cinereus swinhonis — TAYLOR 1965
Oligodon cinereus multifasciatus — TAYLOR 1965
Oligodon joynsoni — COX et al. 1998: 58
Oligodon joynsoni — DAVID et al. 2011
Oligodon joynsoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 498 
DistributionN/W Thailand, Laos, China (Yunnan)

Type locality: N Thailand, Muang Ngao or Muang Ngau, 18°45'27N, 99°58'42 E (see map in DAVID et al. 2011).  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.4.23 
CommentDistribution: Erroneously reported from Vietnam and China. Specimens from Guangxi are likely to be O. nagao.

Synonymy: partly after JIANG et al. 2012.

Illustration: in CHAN-ARD et al. 2015, although the drawings of Oligodon joynsoni and O. taeniatus have been mixed up (fide PAUWELS & GRISMER 2015). 
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  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • DAVID, PATRICK; INDRANEIL DAS & GERNOT VOGEL 2011. On some taxonomic and nomenclatural problems in Indian species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae). Zootaxa 2799: 1–14 - get paper here
  • DAVID, PATRICK; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, KE JIANG, TIANBO CHEN, ALEXANDRE TEYNIÉ & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from northern Vietnam, southern China and central Laos. Zootaxa 3498: 45–62 - get paper here
  • JIANG, Ke; Tianbo CHEN, Patrick DAVID, Gernot VOGEL, Mian HOU, Zhiyong YUAN, Yuanjun MENG and Jing CHE 2012. On the Occurrence of Oligodon joynsoni (Smith, 1917) in China (Squamata: Colubridae). Asian Herpetological Research 3 (4): 316–321 - get paper here
  • NEANG, THY; L. LEE GRISMER & JENNIFER C. DALTRY 2012. A new species of kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3388: 41–55 - get paper here
  • Pauwels, Olivier S. G. and L. Lee Grismer. 2015. Book Review: A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand. Herpetological Review 46 (3): 456-459 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1917. Description of a new snake and a new frog from Siam. J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam 2: 276-278 - get paper here
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  • VASSILIEVA, ANNA B.; PETER GEISSLER, EDUARD A. GALOYAN, NIKOLAY Jr A. POYARKOV, ROBERT WAYNE VAN DEVENDER, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2013. A new species of Kukri Snake (Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826; Squamata: Colubridae) from the Cat Tien National Park, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3702 (3): 233–246 - get paper here
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