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Plagiopholis nuchalis (BOULENGER, 1893)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Pseudoxenodontinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Assam Mountain Snake
G: Indische Halsbandnatter
Chinese: 缅甸颈斑蛇 
SynonymTrirhinopholis nuchalis BOULENGER 1893: 419
Oligodon evansi WALL 1913 (fide SMITH 1943)
Trirhinopholis nuchalis WALL 1921: 43 (fide SMITH 1943)
Plagiopholis nuchalis SMITH 1940: 484
Plagiopholis nuchalis — SMITH 1943: 326
Plagiopholis nuchalis — COX et al. 1998: 48
Plagiopholis nuchalis — TILLACK et al. 2006
Plagiopholis nuchalis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 562 
DistributionW/N/NE Thailand (Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Loei, Kanchanaburi), Myanmar (= Burma), India (Assam) ?,
China (Yunnan), Vietnam (Hoa Binh), elevations 900-1620 m.

kunmingensis: China (Yunnan); Type locality: Western Hill of Kunming City (25° 0’ N, 102° 7’ E), Yunnan.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.13.94, female Type 
CommentSynonymy: Plagiopholis blakewayi BOULENGER 1893: 301 has been considered as a synonym of P. nuchalis by previous authors.

The record of P. nuchalis reproted by Smith (1930) has been later changed to P. delacouri (Smith 1943: 326).

Distribution: It remains unclear whether P. nuchalis really occurs in Vietnam or India (see TILLACK et al. 2006 for a discussion). 
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