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Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis JIANG & ZHAO, 1983

IUCN Red List - Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymRhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis JIANG & ZHAO 1983
Natrix nuchalis pentasupralabialis JIANG, HU & ZHAO 1983
Rhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis — INGER et al. 1990
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — ZHAO 1995
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — GUO et al. 1999
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — ZHAO 2006
Rhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis — SANG et al. 2009
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 636 
DistributionChina (Sichuan Province: Jiulong Co)  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: CIB 80110040, Male; 2750 m; Coll. E. M. Zhao; 7. 26, 1980 [pentasupralabialis] 
CommentSome species of this genus are venomous although we do not have information about this particular species.

Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis has five supralabials where the 5th is the longest while the nominal R. nuchalis has six supralabials and 5th is the longest. The first two to three dorsal scale rows of the former taxon are smooth while only one row (rarely two) in the later one. The former taxon is shorter (500 mm) than the later
(600 mm).

Diet: worms 
References
  • 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
  • Inger R F; Zhao E; Bradley Shaffer H; Guanfu Wu 1990. Report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from Sichuan, China. Fieldiana: Zoology (No. 58) : i-iii, 1-24 - get paper here
  • Jiang, YAO-MING, and ER-MI ZHAO. 1983. Studies on amphibians and reptiles of Mt. Gongga region, Sichuan, China. 3. A study of species-group nuchalis, genus Rhabdophis [in Chinese]. Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, [new ser.], 2 (1): 59-62 - get paper here
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
 
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