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Opisthotropis cheni ZHAO, 1999

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
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).  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: CIB 80029 (originally MFB 9339), adult male (Y.-H. Chen). Paratypes: MFB 
Diagnosis 
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. 
References
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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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