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Orientocoluber spinalis (PETERS, 1866)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSlender Racer
Russian: Полосатый полоз 
SynonymMasticophis spinalis PETERS 1866: 91
Zamenis bocourti JAN 1866: 6
Zamenis cataphoranotus JAN 1867
Zamenis spinalis — GÜNTHER 1872: 22
Coluber spinalis — GARMAN 1884: 45
Zamenis spinalis — BOULENGER 1893: 394
Zamenis spinalis — STEJNEGER 1907: 349
Coluber spinalis — SLEVIN 1925
Zamenis spinalis — RENDAHL 1933: 31
Coluber spinalis —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Hierophis spinalis — SCHÄTTI 1988
Hierophis spinalis — NAGY et al. 2004
Coluber spinalis — ZHAO 2006
Hierophis spinalis — NAGY 2010 (pers. comm.)
Orientocoluber spinalis — KHARIN 2011
Coluber spinalis — SEUNG HOON 2012
Orientocoluber spinalis — WALLACH et al. 2014 
DistributionE Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia,
N China (Xinjiang in the west to Heiongjiang in the east, northward to Jiangsu; Shantung, Honan, Gansu, Suiyuan, Shansi, Hopei, Jehol, Anhui),
North Korea, South Korea

Type locality: China ?; corrected to “eastern Asia (Stajneger 1907: 351), see comment.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5367 
CommentTerra typica: “Mexico” (in error; see Zhao & Adler 1993). In the ZMB catalogue the locality “Mexico” is crossed out and overwritten by the word “China” in Peter’s hand (fide BAUER et al. 1995).

Phylogenetics: NAGY et al. (2004) present some genetic evidence that H. spinalis may be associated with Eirenis, thus becoming a member of this genus.

Synonymy partly after STEJNEGER 1907.

Type species: Masticophis spinalis PETERS 1866 is the type species of the genus Orientocoluber KHARIN 2011. 
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