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Rhabdophis lateralis (BERTHOLD, 1859)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymTropidonotus lateralis BERTHOLD 1859
Natrix tigrina lateralis — STEJNEGER 1907: 278
Natrix tigrina lateralis — MELL 1931 [1929]
Natrix tigrina lateralis ab. caerulescens — EMELIANOV 1936
Natrix tigrina lateralis — GLASS 1946
Rhabdophis tigrinus lateralis — SZYNDLAR 1984
Rhabdophis tigrina lateralis ZHAO & JIANG 1986
Rhabdophis lateralis — TAKEUCHI et al. 2012
Rhabdophis lateralis — PIAO et al. 2020
Rhabdophis lateralis — PARK et al 2022 
DistributionChina, SE Russia, North Korea, South Korea  
TypesHolotype: lost fide Takeuchi et al. 2014; was in Göttingen Museum. 

Synonyms: R. lateralis is closely related to R. tigrinus but genetically distinct. Some authors treat it as synonym of tigrinus but more recent authors tend to treat it as valid. 
  • Berthold,A.A. 1859. Einige neue Reptilien des akad. zoolog. Museums in Göttingen. Nachr. Georg-August-Univ. Königl. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen, 1859 (17): 179-181
  • Emelianov, A.A. 1936. A new form from the family Natricidae (Ophidia) in the Far East of the USSR. [in Russian] Bull. Far E. Br. Acad. Sci. U.S.S.R. (19): 111-113
  • Glass, Bryan P. 1946. A collection of reptiles from Hunan and Anhwei provinces, China. Copeia 1946 (4): 249-252 - get paper here
  • Mell,R. 1931. List of Chinese snakes. Lingnan Sci. Jour., Canton, 8 [1929]: 199-219.
  • Park D, Kim I-H, Park I-K, Grajal-Puche A, Park J 2022. A comparison of gene organisations and phylogenetic relationships of all 22 squamate species listed in South Korea using complete mitochondrial DNA. ZooKeys 1129: 21-35 - get paper here
  • Piao Y. G., Chen Z. N., Wu Y. Q., Shi S. C., Takeuchi H., Jono T., Fukuda M., Mori A., Tang Y. Z., Chen Q., Ding L. 2020. A New Species of the Genus Rhabdophis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Colubridae) in Southwestern Sichuan, China. Asian Herpetological Research 11 (2): 95–107. DOI: 10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.190068 - get paper here
  • Stejneger, LEONHARD H. 1907. Herpetology of Japan and adjacent territory. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 58: xx, 1-577 - get paper here
  • Szyndlar, Z. 1984. A description of a small collection of amphibians and reptiles from the People's Democratic Republic of Korea, with notes on the distribution of the herpetofauna in that country. Acta Zool. Cracov. 27 (1): 3-18
  • TAKEUCHI, HIROHIKO; HIDETOSHI OTA FLS,, HONG-SHIK OH and TSUTOMU HIKIDA 2012. Extensive genetic divergence in the East Asian natricine snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus (Serpentes: Colubridae), with special reference to prominent geographical differentiation of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene in Japanese populations. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2012, 105, 395–408 - get paper here
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