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Sinomicrurus peinani LIU, YAN, HOU, WANG, NGUYEN, MURPHY, CHE & GUO, 2020

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesChinese: 广西华珊瑚蛇
E: Guangxi coral snake (originally suggested but not restricted to Guangxi)
E: Royal-diadem temperate Asian Coralsnake 
SynonymSinomicrurus peinani LIU, YAN, HOU, WANG, NGUYEN, MURPHY, CHE & GUO 2020
Sinomicrurus peinani — SMART et al. 2021: 2246 
DistributionChina (Guangxi), Vietnam (Cao Bằng and Vinh Phuc)

Type locality: Cangwu County (N23.65°, E111.56°), Guangxi, China, elevation of ~30 m  
TypesHolotype: YBU 16086, adult female; collected on 05 June 2016.
Paratypes (three specimens): YBU 16054, female; YBU 16066, male; YBU 16067, female. Same locality and date as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Based on 27 individuals, 23 examined by us (10 males, 13 females) and variation recorded from literature from four well documented specimens (one male, three females) (See Appendix 2); relatively large species of Sinomicrurus (1) SVL 335– 646 mm (mean 510.6 mm) in males, 288–730 mm (mean 457.8) in females; (2) temporals 1+1; (3) no maxillary teeth behind fangs, palatine teeth 7–10, pterygoid teeth 4, dentary teeth 10–11; (4) supralabials 7/7; (5) infralabials 6/6; (6) postoculars 2; (7) nuchal-band width 1.5–4.0 scales in males, 2.3–4.5 scales in females; (8) black body bands 0–33 in males, 26–35 in females; (9) usually no blotches or markings between body bands; (10) ventrals 209–220 in males, 208–238 in females; (11) anal divided; (12) paired subcaudals 28– 32 in males, 26–34 in females; (13) tail bands 0–5 in males, 3–5 in females; (14) relative tail length (TL/SVL) 0.10–0.11 (mean 0.11) in males, 0.08–0.11 (mean 0.10) in females (Smart et al. 2021). 
CommentDistribution: for a map of localities see Smart et al. 2021: 2231 (Fig. 7).

Synonymy: for a more extensive synonymy see Smart et al. 2021: 2246. 
EtymologyThe species is named after Professor Pei-Nan Yu, a distinguished doctor in China, in recognition of his great contribution to the treatment of snakebite. 
  • Liu, Qin; Jiao-Wen Yan, Shao-Bing Hou, Ping Wang, Sang Ngoc Nguyen, Robert W Murphy, Jing Che, Peng Guo 2020. A New Species of the Genus Sinomicrurus (Serpentes: Elapidae) From China and Vietnam. Zool Res 41 (2): 194-198 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
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