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Hebius venningi (WALL, 1910)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Chin Hills Keelback
Chinese: 缅北腹链蛇 
SynonymTropidonotus venningi WALL 1910: 345
Natrix venningi WALL 1910
Natrix venningi — SMITH 1943: 286
Amphiesma venningi MALNATE 1960
Paranatrix venningi — MAHENDRA 1984
Amphiesma venningi — DAVID et al. 2007
Hebius venningi — GUO et al. 2014
Amphiesma venningi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 34 
DistributionIndia (Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh), N Myanmar (= Burma), China (Yunnan)

Type locality: Haka Chin Hills, Burma  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.21.86, male, BMNH 1946.1.13.60, BMNH 1946.1.13.49, juvenile 
Diagnosis 
CommentSubspecies: some authors have considered Amphiesma taronensis (SMITH 1940) as a subspecies of A. venningi. The status of A. taronense still seems to be a bit unclear. 
EtymologyNamed after Brigadier Francis Esmond Wingate Venning (1882-1970) wwho served in the Indian army (1902-1933) and was an ornithologist and zoologist. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Captain, Ashok and Bharat B. Bhatt 2002. First record of Amphiesma venningi (Wall, 1910) (Serpentes, Colubridae, Natricinae) from India, with remarks on its subspecies. Hamadryad 26 (2):354-358 [2001]
  • 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
  • Das, Indraneil;Chaturvedi, Naresh 1998. Catalogue of the herpetological types in the collection of the Bombay Natural History Society. Hamadryad 23 (2): 150-156
  • David, P., Bain, R. H., Nguyen Quang Truong, Orlov, N. L., Vogel, G., Vu Ngoc Thanh & T. Ziegler 2007. A new species of the natricine snake genus Amphiesma from the Indochinese Region (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae). Zootaxa 1462: 41-60 - get paper here
  • Dowling, H.G., & Jenner, J.V. 1988. Snakes of Burma: checklist of reported species and bibliography. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (76): 19 pp. - get paper here
  • Gayen, N. C. 2002. A record of Amphiesma venningi (Wall, 1910) (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Meghalaya state, India. Hamadryad. 26 (2):375 [2001]
  • GUO, PENG; FEI ZHU, QIN LIU, LIANG ZHANG, JIAN X. LI, YU Y. HUANG & R. ALEXANDER PYRON 2014. A taxonomic revision of the Asian keelback snakes, genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3873 (4): 425–440 - get paper here
  • Lalbiakzuala & Lalremsanga, H T; 2019. Geographic Distribution: Hebius venningi (Chin Hills Keelback) India: Mizoram: Aizawl District. Herpetological Review 50 (2): 330
  • Mahendra B C 1984. Handbook of the snakes of India, Ceylon, Burma, Bangladesh and Pakistan. ANNALS OF ZOOLOGY (AGRA) 22 (B): i-xvi, 1-412
  • Reza, A. H. M. Ali. 2010. First record of Amphiesma venningi (Wall, 1910) (Serpentes, Colubridae, Natricinae) from Bangladesh, with notes on its taxonomy, natural history, biogeography and other sympatric species. Hamadryad 35 (1): 64-72
  • Smith, M.A. 1940. The Amphibians and Reptiles obtained by Mr. Ronald Kaulback in Upper Burma. Records of the Indian Museum 42: 465-486
  • Smith, M.A. 1943. The Fauna of British India, Ceylon and Burma, Including the Whole of the Indo-Chinese Sub-Region. Reptilia and Amphibia. 3 (Serpentes). Taylor and Francis, London. 583 pp.
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