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A new genetically distinct species of the many-banded Krait in Hong Kong? Tell me more.....

I received this update from Felix a week or two back. I was pleased to provide the cover photo for this issue of "current herpetology" ..... here is the abstract below and also a link to the whole paper (free).

Two Genetically Distinct yet Morphologically Indistinct Bungarus Species (Squamata, Elapidae) in Hong Kong. By Félix Landry Yuan, Tracey-Leigh Prigge, Yik-Hei Sung, Caroline Dingle, Timothy C. Bonebrake

Abstract Kraits (genus Bungarus) are a group of highly venomous elapid snakes found across tropical Asia. Although they are notorious for causing many, often deadly, envenomations throughout the continent, their taxonomy and species nomenclature is subject to regular revisions. The boundaries demarcating B. candidus, B. multicinctus, and B. wanghaotingi, in Southern China and Northern Myanmar are particularly obscure. Despite the extensively overlapping distributions for the three species, only B. multicinctus has been documented in Hong Kong. Following genetic analyses, we suggest that both B. multincinctus and B. wanghaotingi occur in Hong Kong. However, our morphological examinations are overall inconclusive in distinguishing the two species. With potential interspecific antivenin differences, the new identification of B. wanghaotingi in Hong Kong is of important medical interest. We recommend further ecological, taxonomic, and behavioural studies be conducted to properly distinguish B. multincinctus and B. wanghaotingi in the region.

Here's the link to the paper through the journal's website, which you can post ( The article is open access so anyone can download it for free.


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