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Pareas margaritophorus (JAN, 1866)

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Mountain Slug Snake
G: Weissflecken-Schneckennatter 
SynonymLeptognathus margaritophorus JAN 1866
Pareas macularius THEOBALD 1868
Pareas modestus THEOBALD 1868
Pareas margaritophorus THEOBALD 1876
Pares Moellendorffi BOETTGER 1885
Pareas andersonii BOULENGER 1888: 601
Amblycephalus andersoni — WALL 1908: 783
Amblycephalus modestus — WALL 1909: 149
Amblycephalus tamdaoensis BOURRET 1935
Pareas macularius — SMITH 1943: 118
Pareas margaritophorus — SMITH 1943: 117
Pareas macularius — TAYLOR 1965
Pareas macularius — DAS 1996: 58
Dipsas margaritophorus — NGUYEN & HO 1996
Pareas margaritophorus — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 377
Pareas margaritophorus — COX et al. 1998: 79
Pareas macularius — CHAN-ARD et al. 1999: 177
Pareas macularius — SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2000: 19
Pareas margaritophorus — ZIEGLER 2002: 246
Pareas macularius — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004
Pareas macularius — GUO & DENG 2008
Pareas macularius — SANG et al. 2009
Pareas macularius — WALLACH et al. 2014: 536
Pareas margaritophorus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 536
Pareas macularius — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 161
Pareas margaritophorus — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 160 
DistributionN West Malaysia,
Thailand, Myanmar (= Burma), Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam,
China (Guangdong, Hong Kong, Guangxi ?, Hainan)

Type locality: Siam [=Thailand]

macularius: India (Darjeeling), Bangladesh, Myanmar (= Burma), Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, N West Malaysia, S China (Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong)

tamdaoensis: Vietnam; Type locality: TL Tam Dao, N Vietnam [tamdaoensis]. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: MNHN, ZSI 8024–26 (syntypes) 
CommentBehavior: nocturnal.

Synonymy: Pareas macularius Theobald,1868 was synonymized with Pareas
margaritophorus (Jan,1866) by HUANG 2004.

Smith (1943), apparently acting as first revisor, chose macularius in preference to modestus. Theobald credited the name, macularius, to E. Blyth, but there is no indication that the description originated with Blyth. Zhao & Adler 1993 therefore credited it solely to Theobald.

Distribution: Not listed by GRANDISON 1977 for West Malaysia or Singapore. Possibly in Bhutan (SCHLEICH & KÄSTLE 2000, as P. macularius). 
EtymologyAfter the Latin “margarita” = pearl, and Greek “phorus” = carrying. 
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