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Amphiesma optatum Hu Djao, 1966 Serpentes, Colubridae an addition to the snake fauna of Vietnam, with a list of the species of the genus Amphiesma and a note on its type species



Amphiesma optatum Hu Djao, 1966 Serpentes, Colubridae an addition to the snake fauna of Vietnam, with a list of the species of the genus Amphiesma and a note on its type species



Journal of Taiwan Museum 51(2): 83-92



The colubrid snake, Amphiesma optatum (Hu & Djao 1966), previously known only from China, is added to the snake fauna of Vietnam based on one specimen collected near Tam Dao, Vinh Phu Province, northern Vietnam. The specimen is described and compared with Chinese specimens. For the first time, a living specimen of this species is illustrated in colour. We also include a list of the 37 species of the genus Amphiesma as currently defined. The type species of the genus is discussed, and, based on the text of the original description, we show that it is Coluber stolatus Linnaeus, 1758, by original designation.

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