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Pareas atayal YOU, POYARKOV & LIN, 2015

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesAtayal Slug-eating Snake 
SynonymPareas atayal YOU, POYARKOV & LIN 2015 
DistributionTaiwan (Taoyuan), elevation 100–2000 m

Type locality: TAIWAN, Taoyuan County, Fuxing Township, Sileng (24.653570° N, 121.409266° E), elevation ca. 925 m.  
TypesHolotype: NMNS 05594 (Fig. S3), adult male collected
by Chung-Wei You on August 27th, 2009.
Paratypes. NMNS 05584, 05585, 05586, 05587, 05588, 05589, 05591, 05593, 05595, 05596; ZMMU R-14434, R- 14435 and R-14436. All the paratypes collected during 2009–2013 by Chung-Wei You, Jia-Wei Lin and Ren-Jay Wang in northern Taiwan. 
CommentBehavior: nocturnal

Diet: land snails and slugs 
EtymologyThe new species is named with reference to its distribution which is similar to the native Taiwan aboriginal people, the Atayal, inhabiting mountain regions of northern Taiwan. 
  • Hoso M. 2017. Asymmetry of mandibular dentition is associated with dietary specialization in snail-eating snakes. PeerJ 5:e3011 - get paper here
  • You, Chung-Wei; Nikolay A. Poyarkov Jr and Si-Min Lin 2015. Diversity of the snail-eating snakes Pareas (Serpentes, Pareatidae) from Taiwan. Zoologica Scripta DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12111 - get paper here
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