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Plagiopholis styani (BOULENGER, 1899)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Pseudoxenodontinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Chinese Mountain Snake
Chinese: 福建颈斑蛇 
SynonymTrirhinopholis styani BOULENGER 1899
Trirhinopholis styani — POPE 1934
Plagiopholis styani — DING & ZHENG 1974
Plagiopholis styani — INGER et al. 1990
Plagiopholis styani — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Plagiopholis styani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 562
Plagiopholis styani — WANG et al. 2022 
DistributionVietnam, S China (Fujian, Chekiang, Anhwei, Jiangxi, Sichuan, northward to SE Gansu), Taiwan (iNaturalist), elevation 1200-1230 m.

Type locality: Kuatun, Fukien (= Fujian).  
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.1.14.11-12 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentPlate 37H in Zhao & Adler (1993). 
EtymologyNamed after Frederick William Styan (1838-1934), a tea trader and collector in Kiukiang, China for 27 years. He was a Fellow of the Zoological Society and a Member of the British Ornithologists' Union. 
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  • Ding, HAN BO, and JI ZHENG. 1974. Snakes of Fujian Province (in Chinese). Publ. Dept. Biol. Fujian Nor-mal Univ., Fuzhou. (6), 93, (1) pages
  • Fu, C., Fan, H., Zhao, T., & Zong, H. 2021. The complete mitochondrial genome of Plagiopholis styani (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 6(10), 3044-3045 - get paper here
  • Inger R F; Zhao E; Bradley Shaffer H; Guanfu Wu 1990. Report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from Sichuan, China. Fieldiana: Zoology (No. 58) : i-iii, 1-24 - get paper here
  • Mell,R. 1931. List of Chinese snakes. Lingnan Sci. Jour., Canton, 8 [1929]: 199-219.
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  • Pope, Clifford H. 1934. List of Chinese turtles, Crocodilians, and Snakes with keys. American Museum Novitates (733): 1-29 - 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.
  • Wang, C. G. M. Z. X., Jia, S. Y. K. T. L., & Hu, C. Z. J. 2022. An updated species checklist of amphibians and reptiles in Fujian Province, China. Biodiversity Science, 22090 - 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
  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
  • Zhao,E. & Adler,K. 1993. Herpetology of China. SSAR, Oxford/Ohio, 1-522
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