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Oligodon ornatus VAN DENBURGH, 1909

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Ornate Kukri Snake
Chinese: 饰纹小头蛇 
SynonymOligodon ornatus VAN DENBURGH 1909
Holarchus torquatus konishii OSHIMA 1910: 196
Simotes musyi ROUX 1919
Holarchus ornatus musyi — MELL 1931 [1929]
Oligodon ornatus — PAUWELS et al. 2002
Oligodon ornatus — DAVID & VOGEL 2012
Oligodon ornatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 501
Oligodon ornatus — NGUYEN et al. 2020 
DistributionTaiwan, China (Sichuan, Guangdong, Hunan east to Fujian and north to Anhui)

Type locality: Shinchiku (=Hsinchu), Formosa (=Taiwan Prov.), China.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 18005 
  • DAVID, PATRICK & GERNOT VOGEL 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from Pulau Nias, Indonesia. Zootaxa 3201: 58–68
  • 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
  • GONG Shi-ping, HE Bing. 2008. A New Record of Oligodon ornatus in Guangdong Province. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 27 (2): 239-239 - get paper here
  • Mell,R. 1931. List of Chinese snakes. Lingnan Sci. Jour., Canton, 8 [1929]: 199-219.
  • Nguyen HN, Tran BV, Nguyen LH, Neang T, Yushchenko PV, Poyarkov NA. 2020. A new species of Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 from the Langbian Plateau, southern Vietnam, with additional information on Oligodon annamensis Leviton, 1953 (Squamata: Colubridae). PeerJ 8: e8332 - get paper here
  • Oshima, MASAMITSU. 1910. An annotated list of Formosan snakes, with descriptions of four new species and one new subspecies. Annot. Zool. Japon., Tokyo, 7 (3): 185-207.
  • Pauwels, O.S.G., Wallach, V., David, P. & Chanhome, L. 2002. A New Species of Oligodon (Serpentes, Colubridae) from Southern Peninsular Thailand. Natural History Journal of Chulalongkorn University, 2 (2): 7-18 - get paper here
  • Roux, Jean 1919. Sur un nouveau serpent (Simotes musyi) provenant de la Chine. Revue Suisse de Zoologie 27 (3): 61-63. - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L. 1910. The batrachians and reptiles of Formosa. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 38: 91-114 - get paper here
  • Van DENBURGH, JOHN 1909. New and previously unrecorded species of reptiles and amphibians from the island of Formosa. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 3 (3): 49-56. - get paper here
  • 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.; Liu, X.; Kang, S. 1986. Five snake species new to Sichuan [in Chinese]. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 5 (2): 157 - 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.
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