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Stichophanes ningshaanensis (YUAN, 1983)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesNingshaan Kukri Snake, Ningshan line-shaped snake 
SynonymOligodon ningshaanensis YUAN 1983
Oligodon ningshaanensis — ZHAO 2006: 232
Oligodon ningshaanensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 490
Stichophanes ningshaanensis — WANG et al. 2014 
DistributionChina (S Shaanxi, Hubei)

Type locality: "Huoditang, Ningshan County, Shaanxi, China, alt. 1650 m." [=Huoditang, Ningshan County, southern Shaanxi Province, central China, 33˚29'N, 108˚27'E, 1650 m].  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NCF 81028, adult male (= Northwest Forestry College, 30 July 1982). WANG et al. 2014 say that the type specimens have been lost. 
CommentDiet: snails

Type species: Oligodon ningshaanensis YUAN 1983 is the type species of the genus Stichophanes WANG et al. 2014.

Alex Pyron (pers. comm., 26 Sep 2014) thinks that the assignment to a new genus is preliminary, based on the poorly supported molecular phylogeny. 
References
  • Messenger KR, Wang Y. 2015. Notes on the natural history and morphology of the Ningshan Lined Snake (Stichophanes ningshaanensis yuen, 1983; Ophidia: Colubridae) and its distribution in the Shennongjia National Nature Reserve, China. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9 (2): 111–119 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • WANG, Xiaohe; Kevin MESSENGER, Ermi ZHAO, Chaodong ZHU 2014. Reclassification of Oligodon ningshaanensis Yuan, 1983 (Ophidia: Colubridae) into a New Genus, Stichophanes gen. nov. with Description on Its Malacophagous Behavior. Asian Herpetological Research 5 (3): 137–149 - get paper here
  • Yuan H 1983. A new species of the genus Oligodon from Shaanxi, China. Acta Herpetologica Sinica 2 (2): 65-67 - get paper here
  • 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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