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Plagiopholis blakewayi BOULENGER, 1893

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Pseudoxenodontinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Blakeway’s Mountain Snake
G: Blakeways Bergschlange 
SynonymPlagiopholis blakewayi BOULENGER 1893: 301
Plagiopholis blakewayi — WALL 1923: 467
Plagiopholis blakewayi — SMITH 1943: 325
Oligodon kunmingensis KOU & WU 1993
Plagiopholis unipostocularis ZHAO, JIANG, HUANG 1978
Plagiopholis unipostocularis — GUO et al. 1999
Plagiopholis blakewayi — TILLACK et al. 2006
Plagiopholis unipostocularis — ZHAO 2006
Plagiopholis unipostocularis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 563
Oligodon kunmingensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 489
Plagiopholis blakewayi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 562 
DistributionMyanmar (= Burma: Kachin, Shan), NW Thailand (Chiang Mai), SW China (Guizhou, Yunnan, Sichuan), elevations above 1300 m

kunmingensis: China (Yunnan); Type locality: Western Hill of Kunming City (25° 0’ N, 102° 7’ E), Yunnan.

unipostocularis: China (Yunnan); Type locality: Yunnan Prov.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH
Holotype: CIB 505121, female [unipostocularis] 
CommentSynonymy: Oligodon kunmingensis KOU & WU 1993 is a synonym of P. blakewayi [Kucharzewski 2009, Sauria 31: 56]. A detailed description of this species can be found in TILLACK et al. 2006. P. blakewayi has been considered as a synonym of P. nuchalis. Plagiopholis unipostocularis has been synonymized with Plagiopholis blakewayi by ZHONG et al. 2015.

Plagiopholis blakewayi is clearly distinguishable from P. nuchalis by the absence of a loreal shield, the lower number of posterior temporals (0 or 1 vs. 2 in P. nuchalis), and a lower number of supralabials (5 vs. 6 in P. nuchalis). Other points of distinction include that in P. blakewayi only the 3rd supralabial touches the eye and the 4th is the largest one, whereas in P. nuchalis the 3rd and 4th supralabials are in contact with the eye and the 5th is largest [from TILLACK et al. 2006].

Type species: Plagiopholis blakewayi BOULENGER 1893: 301 is the type species of the genus Plagiopholis BOULENGER 1893. 
EtymologyNamed after Lieutenant Blakeway who resigned from the British army (1861) and collected reptiles in Toungyi, South Shan States (Myanmar) (1890s) (Beolens et al. 2011).
 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Chan-ard, T., Parr, J.W.K. & Nabhitabhata, J. 2015. A field guide to the reptiles of Thailand. Oxford University Press, NY, 352 pp. [see book reviews by Pauwels & Grismer 2015 and Hikida 2015 for corrections] - get paper here
  • Cox, Merel J.; Van Dijk, Peter Paul; Jarujin Nabhitabhata & Thirakhupt,Kumthorn 1998. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Ralph Curtis Publishing, 144 pp.
  • Dowling, H.G., & Jenner, J.V. 1988. Snakes of Burma: checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (76): 19 pp. - get paper here
  • Guo, P., F. J. Zhang, and Y. Y. Chen. 1999. Catalogue of type specimens of reptiles in the Herpetological Collections of Chengdu Institute of Biology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Asiatic Herpetological Research 8: 43~47 - get paper here
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  • Tillack, Frank, Ulrich Scheidt and Thomas Ihle 2006. First record of Blakeway's mountain snake, Plagiopholis blakewayi Boulenger, 1893 from Thailand, with remarks on the distribution of Plagiopholis nuchalis Boulenger, 1893 (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae. Pseudoxenodontinae). Veröffentlichungen des Naturkundemuseums Erfurt 25:181-186.
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  • ZHONG, GUANG HUI; WEN DE CHEN, QIN LIU, FEI ZHU, PEI HAO PENG & PENG GUO 2015. Valid or not? Yunnan mountain snake Plagiopholis unipostocularis (Serpentes: Colubridae: Pseudoxenodontinae) Zootaxa 4020 (2): 390–396 - get paper here
 
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