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Opisthotropis cheni ZHAO, 1999

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesChinese: 莽山后棱蛇 
SynonymOpisthotropis cheni ZHAO 1999
Opisthotropis cheni — ZHAO 2004
Opisthotropis cheni — LI et al. 2010
Opisthotropis cheni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 509 
DistributionChina (Guangdong)

Type locality: Mt. Mang, China. “Mangshan Forestry Bureau, Yizhang County, Hunan, China, 480 m elevation” fide Zhao 2004 (who gives Mt. Mang only for the paratypes).  
TypesHolotype: CIB 80029 (originally MFB 9339), adult male (Y.-H. Chen). Paratypes: MFB 
CommentHabitat: aquatic, inhabiting flowing streams.

Diet: fishes, frogs, tadpoles, freshwater shrimp and earthworms.

Behavior: nocturnal

Synonymy: This species is probably a synonym of Opisthotropis latouchii fide Li et al. 2020. 
EtymologyNamed after Chen Yuan-Hui, a staff member of the National Mt. Mang Forestry Park, and collector of the holotype. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • DAVID, PATRICK; CUONG THE PHAM, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Natricidae) from the highlands of Kon Tum Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 2758: 43–56 - get paper here
  • GUO Peng; PENG Hua-gui; GU He-xiang 2008. Opisthotropis cheni - A New Snake Record to Guangdong. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 27 (2): 240-240 - get paper here
  • LI, Cao, LIU, Qin and GUO, Peng 2010. Expanded Description of a Chinese Endemic Snake Opisthotropis cheni (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae). Asian Herpetological Research 1 (1): 57-60 - get paper here
  • Li, J-N., Liang, D., Wang, Y-Y., Guo, P., Huang, S., Zhang, P., 2020. A Large-scale Systematic Framework of Chinese Snakes Based on a Unified Multilocus Marker System. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; ANNE LOTTIER, PATRICK DAVID, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & GERNOT VOGEL 2014. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 from northern Laos (Squamata: Natricidae). Zootaxa 3774 (2): 165–182 - 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.
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YIK-HEI SUNG & BOSCO PUI-LOK CHAN 2013. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Guangdong Province, China. Zootaxa 3646 (3): 289–296 - get paper here
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YING-YONG WANG, BING ZHANG, MICHAEL WAI-NENG LAU & WEN-HAO CHOU 2011. Revision of the diagnostic characters of Opisthotropis maculosa Stuart and Chuaynkern, 2007 with notes on its distribution and variation, and a key to the genus Opisthotropis (Squamata: Natricidae). Zootaxa 2785: 61–68 - get paper here
  • Zhao, E.M. 1999. Diagnoses of a new frog and a new snake from China. Sichuan Journal of Zoology 18 (3): cover 2 - get paper here
  • Zhao, E.M. 2004. A Re-description of Opisthotropis cheni Zhao, 1999 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Sichuan Journal of Zoology 24 (3): 342-343 - 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, Thomas; Patrick David, Vu Ngoc Thanh 2008. A new natricine snake of the genus Opisthotropis from Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc Province, northern Vietnam (Squamata, Colubridae). Zoosystematics and Evolution 84 (2): 197 -203
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