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Thermophis zhaoermii GUO, LIU, FENG & HE, 2008

IUCN Red List - Thermophis zhaoermii - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Sichuan Hot-spring Keel-back
Chinese: Sichuan Wenquan She 
SynonymThermophis zhaoermii GUO, LIU, FENG & HE 2008
Thermophis zhaoermii — SUN et al. 2011
Thermophis zhaoermii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 729 
DistributionChina (Sichuan)

Type locality: Litang County, Suchuan, China, elevation 3700 m. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: SCUM 044804 (Sichuan University Museum, Chengdu, China) 
EtymologyThis species is named tin honor of Professor Zhao Er-mi for (1930-2016) his studies on Chinese amphibians and reptiles and tireless in helping young herpetologists of China. See Zhao et al. 2017 and Adler 2017 for biographical details. 
  • Adler, K. 2017. Obituary: Ermi Zhao (1930-2016) and the modern development of herpetology in China. Herpetological Review 48 (4): 921-926
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Guo, Peng; Liu, Shao-Ying; Feng, Jin-Chao; He, Miao 2008. The Description of A New Species of Thermophis (Serpentes Colubridae ). Sichuan Journal of Zoology 27 (3): 321 - get paper here
  • GUO, Peng; SHAO YING LIU, SONG HUANG, MIAO HE, ZHI YU SUN, JIN CHAO FENG & ER MI ZHAO 2009. Morphological variation in Thermophis Malnate (Serpentes: Colubridae), with an expanded description of T. zhaoermii. Zootaxa 1973: 51-60 - get paper here
  • Hofmann, Sylvia; Frank Tillack, Georg Miehe 2015. Genetic differentiation among species of the genus Thermophis Malnate (Serpentes, Colubridae) and comments on T. shangrila Zootaxa 4028: 102–120 - get paper here
  • Song Huang, Shao-ying Liu, Peng Guo, Ya-ping Zhang, Er-mi Zhao 2009. What are the closest relatives of the hot-spring snakes (Colubridae, Thermophis), the relict species endemic to the Tibetan Plateau?. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 51 (3): 438-446 - get paper here
  • SUN, Xiaoyu; Shaoying LIU and Song HUANG 2011. Tibetan Plateau Relict Snakes of the Genus Thermophis and Their Relationship to New World Relict Snakes. Asian Herpetological Research 2 (3): 161-168 - get paper here
  • 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.
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