On the Taxonomic Status of Asthenodipsas tropidonotus (Van Lidth de Jeude, 1923) and Pareas vertebralis (Boulenger, 1900) (Serpentes: Colubridae: Pareatinae)

Wolfgang Grossmann, Frank Tillack

Abstract


The present article consists of five sections: 1) historical overview of the taxonomic classification of the subfamily Pareatinae; 2) examination, designation and description of the lectotype and paralectotype, and relegation of the taxon tropidonotus van Lidth de Jeude, 1923 into the synonymy of vertebralis Boulenger, 1900; 3) allocation of Pareas vertebralis and its junior synonym tropidonotus into the genus Asthenodipsas Peters, 1864, and description of meristic characters and dimensions, color patterns, and distribution; 4) designation of a lectotype, paralectotypes and type locality for Asthenodipsas laevis (H. Boie in F. Boie, 1827); and 5) identification key to the subfamily Pareatinae and the species of the genus Asthenodipsas.

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Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae: Pareatinae: Asthenodipsas; taxonomy; Asthenodipsas tropidonotus (van Lidth de Jeude; 1923) syn. nov. of Asthenodipsas vertebralis (Boulenger; 1900); lectotype designation; Asthenodipsas vertebralis nov. comb.; pholidosis;

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