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Ptyas nigromarginata (BLYTH, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Green Rat Snake, Black-bordered Rat Snake
G: Grüne Gekielte Rattennatter
Chinese: 黑线乌梢蛇 
SynonymColuber nigromarginatus BLYTH 1854
Zaocys nigromarginatus — GÜNTHER 1864
Zaocys nigromarginatus — BOULENGER 1893: 376
Zaocys nigromarginatus — WALL 1908: 325
Zaocys dhumnades nigromarginatus — ANGEL & BOURRET 1933
Zaocys nigromarginatus — SMITH 1943: 165
Zaocys nigromarginatus — SWAN & LEVITON 1962: 116
Coluber nigromarginatus — DAS 1996: 58
Ptyas nigromarginata — DAVID & DAS 2004
Zaocys nigromarginatus — SHARMA 2004
Ptyas nigromarginata — WHITAKER & CAPTAIN 2004
Ptyas nigromarginatus — PYRON & BURBRINK 2013
Ptyas nigromarginata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 617 
DistributionNepal, India (Darjelling, Sikkim, Assam ?, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland), N Myanmar (= Burma), N Vietnam (Lao Cai Province, Lang Son, Ha Tay, Kon Tum Province, Ha Giang), Thailand (Nan), Bhutan, Bangladesh,
China (Guizhou, Yunnan, SW Sichuan, SE Xizang = Tibet), elevation 500-2290 m.

Type locality: Vicinity of Darjeeling, India  
TypesHolotype: ZSI 7343 
CommentSynonymy: Lazell et al. (1991) and Lazell (1998) formally synonymized Ptyas and Coluber but at least the latter doesn’t explicitely mention Ptyas nigromarginatus.

Similar species: juveniles are strikingly similar to the juveniles of the species P. dhumnades.

Distribution: Reports from Afghanistan are most likely in error (Vogel & Hauser 2013). These authors listed many localities. 
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  • Lazell,J.D., Keirans,J.E. & Samuelson,G.A. 1991. The Sulawesi black racer, Coluber (Ptyas) dipsas, and a remarkable ectoparasitic aggregation. Pacific Science 45 (4): 355-361
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