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Asthenodipsas malaccanus PETERS, 1864

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Malayan Slug Snake
G: Malaiische Schneckennatter 
SynonymAsthenodipsas malaccana PETERS 1864
Pareas dorsopictus EDELING 1870
Asthenodipsas malaccana — LIDTH DE JEUDE 1890
Amblycephalus malaccanus — BOULENGER 1892
Amblycephalus malaccanus — DE ROOIJ 1917: 276
Pareas malaccanus — ROBINSON & KLOSS 1920
Amblycephalus malaccanus — LIDTH DE JEUDE 1922: 251
Pareas malaccanus — GRANDISON 1972: 92
Pareas malaccanus — GRANDISON 1978: 294
Internatus malaccanus — RAO & YANG 1992
Pareas malaccanus — BAUER et al. 1995: 69
Pareas malaccanus — MALKMUS & SAUER 1996
Internatus malaccanus — DAVID & VOGEL 1996
Pareas malaccanus — STUEBING & INGER 1999
Internatus malaccanus — NABHITABHATA et al. 2000
Internatus malaccanus — MALKMUS et al. 2002 — MALKMUS et al. 2002
Asthenodipsas malaccanus — ISKANDAR & COLIJN 2002
Asthenodipsas malaccanus — GROSSMANN & TILLACK 2004
Asthenodipsas malaccanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 60
Asthenodipsas malaccana — QUAH et al. 2019 
DistributionIndonesia (Kalimantan, Sumatra, Borneo, Mentawai Islands);
Malaysia (Malaya and East Malaysia);

Type locality: “in der Nähe von Malacca” [Malaysia; PETERS, 1864a]  
TypesHolotype: ZMB 5041 
CommentType species: Asthenodipsas malaccana PETERS 1864 is the type species of the genus Asthenodipsas PETERS 1864. Some authors consider this genus as a synonym of Pareas (e.g. WILLIAMS & WALLACH 1989).

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
  • David,P. & Vogel, G. 1996. The snakes of Sumatra. An annotated checklist and key with natural history notes. Bücher Kreth, Frankfurt/M.
  • de Rooij, N. DE 1917. The Reptiles of the Indo-Australian Archipelago. Il. Ophidia. Leiden (E. J. Brill), xiv + 334 S. - get paper here
  • Grandison, A. G. C. 1978. Snakes of West Malaysia and Singapore. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 81 [1977]: 283-303 - get paper here
  • Grandison, A.G.C. 1972. The Gunong Benom Expedition 1967. 5. Reptiles and amphibians of Gunong Benom with a description of a new species of Macrocalamus. Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Zool.), London, 23: 45-101.
  • Grossmann, W. & Tillack, F. 2004. Die Bergschneckennatter Asthenodipsas vertebralis (BOULENGER 1900) im Biotop und im Terrarium (Squamata: Colubridae: Pareatinae). Sauria, Berlin 26 (2): 9-22 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Iskandar, Djoko T. and Colijn, E. 2002. A checklist of Southeast Asian and New Guinean Reptiles. Part I: Serpentes. Biodiversity Conservation Project, Jakarta, 195 pp. [2001]
  • Lidth DE JEUDE, T.W. VAN 1922. Snakes from Sumatra. Zoologische Mededelingen 6: 239-253. - get paper here
  • Malkmus, R.; Manthey, U.; Vogel, G. Hoffmann, P. & Kosuch, J. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of Mount Kinabalu (North Borneo). A.R.G. Ganther Verlag, Rugell, 404 pp.
  • Nabhitabhata, J., T. Chan-ard and Y. Chuaynkern 2000. Checklist of Amphibians and Reptiles in Thailand. Office of Environmental Policy and Planning, Bankok. 152pp.
  • Peters, W. 1864. Über neue Amphibien (Typhloscincus, Typhlops, Asthenodipsas, Ogmodon). Mber. k. preuss. Akad. Wiss.,Berlin: 271-276. - get paper here
  • QUAH, EVAN S.H.; L. LEE GRISMER, KELVIN K.P. LIM, M.S. SHAHRUL ANUAR, & PAUL Y. IMBUN 2019. A taxonomic reappraisal of the Smooth Slug Snake Asthenodipsas laevis (Boie, 1827) (Squamata: Pareidae) in Borneo with the description of two new species. Zootaxa 4646 (3): 501–526 - get paper here
  • QUAH, EVAN S.H.; L. LEE GRISMER, KELVIN K.P. LIM, M.S. SHAHRUL ANUAR, KIN ONN CHAN 2020. A taxonomic revision of Asthenodipsas malaccana Peters, 1864 (Squamata: Pareidae) with a description of a new species from Borneo. Zootaxa 4729 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Rao, D.Q. & D.T. YANG 1992. Phylogenetic systematics of Pareinae (Serpents) of southeastern Asia and adjacent islands with relationship between it and the geology changes. [In Chinese, English summary]. Acta zool. Sinica, 38 (2): 139-150.
  • Stuebing, R.B. & INGER, R.F. 1999. A field guide to the snakes of Borneo. Natural history Publications (Borneo), Kota Kinabalu, 254 pp. [corrections in HR 31: 124]. - get paper here
  • Stuebing, R.B., Inger, R.F. & Lardner, B. 2014. A field guide to the snakes of Borneo, second edition. Natural history Publications (Borneo)
  • Taylor,E.H. 1965. The serpents of Thailand and adjacent waters. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 45 (9): 609-1096 - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - 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.
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