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Pareas komaii (MAKI, 1931)

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Formosa Slug Snake
Chinese: 阿里山钝头蛇 
SynonymAmblycephalus komaii MAKI 1931: 149
Amblycephalus kuangtungensis VOGT 1922: 141
Amblycephalus yunnanensis VOGT 1922: 142
Amblycephalus monticola chinensis — MELL 1931 [1929]
Amblycephalus monticola niger — MELL 1931 [1929]
Pareas komaii — NAKAMURA & UÉNO 1971
Pareas komaii — YOU et al. 2015
Pareas (Eberhardtia) komaii — POYARKOV et al. 2022
Pareas yunnanensis — WANG et al. 2022 

Type locality: Arisan (= Alishan, Jiayi, south-western Taiwan).

niger (synonym): China (Yunnan); Type locality: Yunnanfu (= Kunming Shi), Yunnan Prov., China.  
TypesHolotype: NSMT H00529 
CommentSynonymy Amblycephalus komaii MAKI 1931 had been considered as a synonym of P. formosensis (e.g. by WALLACH et al. 2014: 535) until its revalidation by YOU et al. 2015. Liu and Rao 2021 removed Amblycephalus niger POPE 1928: 4 from the synonymy of P. komaii and synonymized it with P. mengziensis, hence niger takes priority over P. mengziensis. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Taiwan (= Formosa). 
  • Maki, M. 1931. Monograph of the Snakes of Japan. Dai-ichi Shobo, Tokyo. (1), 7, 240 pages (expanded edition 1933)
  • Mell,R. 1931. List of Chinese snakes. Lingnan Sci. Jour., Canton, 8 [1929]: 199-219.
  • Nakamura K & Uéno SI 1963. Japanese Reptiles and Amphibians in Colour [in Japanese]. Hoikusha, Osaka
  • Pope,C.H. 1928. Four new snakes and a new lizard from South China. American Museum Novitates 325: 1-4 - get paper here
  • Poyarkov NA, Nguyen TV, Pawangkhanant P, Yushchenko PV, Brakels P, Nguyen LH, Nguyen HN, Suwannapoom C, Orlov N, Vogel G. 2022. An integrative taxonomic revision of slug-eating snakes (Squamata: Pareidae: Pareineae) reveals unprecedented diversity in Indochina. PeerJ 10: e12713 - get paper here
  • Vogt, Theodor 1922. Zur Reptilien- und Amphibienfauna Südchinas. Archiv für Naturgeschichte 88A (10): 135-146 - get paper here
  • Wang K, Lyu ZT, Wang J, Qi S, Che J 2022. Updated Checklist and Zoogeographic Division of the Reptilian Fauna of Yunnan Province, China. Biodiversity Science 30 (4): 21326, 1–31 - 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
  • You, Chung-Wei; Nikolay A. Poyarkov Jr and Si-Min Lin 2015. Diversity of the snail-eating snakes Pareas (Serpentes, Pareatidae) from Taiwan. Zoologica Scripta DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12111 - get paper here
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