[1].[J].Asian Herpetological Research,2015,6(1):1-10.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.140029]
 Klaus Dieter SCHULZ,Frank TILLACK*,Abhijit DAS and Notker HELFENBERGER.On the Identity and Taxonomic Status of Coluber nuthalli Theobald, 1868, with Redescription of the Type Specimens of Coluber nuthalli and Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson, 1879 (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae)[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2015,6(1):1-10.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.140029]


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On the Identity and Taxonomic Status of Coluber nuthalli Theobald, 1868, with Redescription of the Type Specimens of Coluber nuthalli and Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson, 1879 (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae)
Klaus Dieter SCHULZ1 Frank TILLACK2* Abhijit DAS3 and Notker HELFENBERGER4
1 An Kuckum 5a, 52146 Würselen, Germany
2 Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, Invalidenstra?e
3 D-10115 Berlin, Germany
3 Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun, India
4 K?sereistrasse 4, 9305 Berg SG, Switzerland
Reptilia Serpentes Colubridae: Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson (nomen protectum) Coluber nuthalli Theobald (nomen oblitum) Elaphe auct. Orthriophis taeniurus yunnanensis taxonomy morphology China Myanmar
The taxa Coluber nuthalli Theobald, 1868 and Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson, 1879 are compared and re-described, based on the examination of their type material. The morphological similarities of these two taxa revealed them as conspecific. Elaphis yunnanensis Anderson is thus declared as a protected name (nomen conservandum) with priority over C. nuthalli Theobald (nomen oblitum). A lectotype for Elaphis yunnanensis is designated and described. The validity of yunnanensis as subspecies name in combination with Orthriophis taeniurus (Cope) will be discussed. A key to the subspecies of O. taeniurus is provided.


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