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Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis JIANG & ZHAO, 1983

IUCN Red List - Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesChinese: 九龙颈槽蛇 
SynonymRhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis JIANG & ZHAO 1983
Natrix nuchalis pentasupralabialis JIANG, HU & ZHAO 1983
Rhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis — INGER et al. 1990
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — ZHAO 1995
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — GUO et al. 1999
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — ZHAO 2006
Rhabdophis nuchalis pentasupralabialis — SANG et al. 2009
Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 636 
DistributionChina (Sichuan Province: Jiulong Co, Yunnan)  
TypesHolotype: CIB 80110040, Male; 2750 m; Coll. E. M. Zhao; 7. 26, 1980 
CommentSome species of this genus are venomous although we do not have information about this particular species.

Rhabdophis pentasupralabialis has five supralabials where the 5th is the longest while the nominal R. nuchalis has six supralabials and 5th is the longest. The first two to three dorsal scale rows of the former taxon are smooth while only one row (rarely two) in the later one. The former taxon is shorter (500 mm) than the later
(600 mm).

Diet: earthworms and firefly larva (Yoshida et al. 2020). 
  • Guo, P., F. J. Zhang, and Y. Y. Chen. 1999. Catalogue of type specimens of reptiles in the Herpetological Collections of Chengdu Institute of Biology,the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Asiatic Herpetological Research 8: 43~47 - 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
  • Jiang, YAO-MING, and ER-MI ZHAO. 1983. Studies on amphibians and reptiles of Mt. Gongga region, Sichuan, China. 3. A study of species-group nuchalis, genus Rhabdophis [in Chinese]. Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, [new ser.], 2 (1): 59-62 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • 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 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
  • Yoshida, Tatsuya; Rinako Ujiie, View ORCID ProfileAlan H. Savitzky, Teppei Jono, Takato Inoue, Naoko Yoshinaga, Shunsuke Aburaya, Wataru Aoki, Hirohiko Takeuchi, Li Ding, Qin Chen, Chengquan Cao, Tein-Shun Tsai, Anslem de Silva, Dharshani Mahaulpatha 2020. Dramatic dietary shift maintains sequestered toxins in chemically defended snakes. PNAS 117 (11) 5964-5969 - 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.
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