Pareas modestus THEOBALD, 1868
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pareas modestus?
|Higher Taxa||Pareidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Pareas modestus THEOBALD 1868: 55|
Amblycephalus modestus — WALL 1909: 149
Pareas modestus – BOULENGER 1896
Pareas macularius – WALL 1909
Pareas macularius – SMITH 1943 (in part)
Pareas macularius – WALLACH et al. 2014 (in part)
Pareas modestus — VOGEL et al. 2020
|Distribution||India (Mizoram), Myanmar (= Burma: Yangon)|
Type locality: Rangun [sic], Pegu, Burma (now Yangon
|Types||Holotype: lost, was ZSI 8028 (fide Vogel et al. 2020). Other material: MZMU|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Pareas modestus differs from all other members of the genus Pareas by the combination of the following morphological characters: slender black body, small size (total length 226–357 mm); two anterior temporals, elongated; frontal scale is hexagonal with shield-shaped with the lateral sides converging posteriorly; anterior pair of chin shields is longer than broad; loreal not contacting the eye; prefrontal contacting the eye one subocular and one postocular; not enlarged median vertebral; 7–8 infralabial scales; 15 dorsal scale rows slightly keeled in 3–5 scale rows at midbody; 151–159 ventrals; 35–46 subcaudals, divided; body pattern uniform greyish black to black dorsum lacking cross-bands of bicolored spots and markings on the head; no collar; ventral surface uniform light greyish-white (Vogel et al. 2020: 562).|
Colouration (in life base MZMU 275). Head and dorsal uniformly greyish-black to blackish dorsum with upper labials and temporals mottled in greyish-white; ventral shields up to the tail tip in uniform light greyish-white (Fig. 8C) (Vogel et al. 2020: 564).
Synonymy: See also Pareas macularius. Wall (1922) synonymized P. modestus (and P. andersonii) with P. macularius and most authors have followed this position, until Vogel et al. 2020 revalidated modestus.
Distribution: see map in Vogel et al. 2020: 554 (Fig. 1).