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Oligodon cinereus

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA REPTILIA SQUAMATA COLUBRIDAE

Scientific Name: Oligodon cinereus
Species Authority: (Günther, 1864)
Common Name/s:
English Ashy Kukri Snake, Black Cross-barred Kukri Snake, Golden Kukri Snake, Gönther's Kukri Snake
Synonym/s:
Simotes cinereus Günther, 1864
Simotes multifasciatus Jan, 1865
Simotes semifasciatus Anderson, 1871
Simotes swinhonis Günther, 1864
Simotes violaceus Boulenger, 1890
Taxonomic Notes: This species has two subspecies:
O. cinereus cinereus (Günther, 1864)
O. cinereus tamdaoensis (Bourret, 1935)

O. cinereus is possibly part of a species complex.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-06-30
Assessor/s: Stuart, B.L.
Reviewer/s: Böhm, M., Collen, B. & Ram, M. (Sampled Red List Index Coordinating Team)
Contributor/s: Zug, G., De Silva, R., Milligan, H.T., Wearn, O.R., Wren, S., Zamin, T., Sears, J., Wilson, P., Lewis, S., Lintott, P. & Powney, G.
Justification:
Oligodon cinereus has been assessed as Least Concern. Despite some localized habitat degradation, this is not thought to be having a significant impact on global population numbers. Further research on this species is suggested to clarify taxonomic uncertainty and population trends, and to check that threat levels are not increasing.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is a wide ranging species that is found in mainland Southeast Asia from India across to Indo-China. Its northern and southern limits are Guizhou in China and western mainland Malaysia respectively. It can also be found on Hong Kong Island. It has been found up to an elevation of 1,330 m above sea level.
Countries:
Native:
Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong; India; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia (Peninsular Malaysia); Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population: The abundance of this species varies throughout its range. It is generally reported to be common throughout India (Sharma 2003), but has been noted to be rare in Arunachal Pradesh (Athreya 2006). It is moderately widespread in Myanmar (G. Zug pers. comm.), and uncommon in Hong Kong (Karsen et al. 1986).
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species is mainly found to occur in forest, although it has also been encountered in areas of human settlement.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Localized habitat destruction is likely to be occurring in parts of this species' range; however, due to its broad distribution, this does not constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no known species-specific conservation measures in place for this species. Parts of its range are likely to coincide with protected areas, which probably provide small safeguards. Further research into its taxonomy, population trends and threats is needed to check that localized threats do not become more widespread, causing significant declines.
Citation: Stuart, B.L. 2010. Oligodon cinereus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 19 April 2014.
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