Pareas formosensis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Pareatidae

Scientific Name: Pareas formosensis (van Denburgh, 1909)
Common Name(s):
English Formosa Slug Snake
Amblycephalus formosensis van Denburgh, 1909
Taxonomic Notes: Jiang (2004) indicated that, based on morphological similarities, P. chinensis should be treated as a synonym of P. formosensis. This assignment is not supported by recent genetic research, which found that P. formosensis is not closely-related to P. chinensis and is instead sister to P. hamptoni (Guo et al. 2011).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-08-31
Assessor(s): Rao, D.-q. & Lau, M.
Reviewer(s): Cox, N.A. & Bowles, P.
Listed as Least Concern as although it has a relatively limited range, it is common and adaptable and there appear to be no major threats to the species.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Taiwan (Zhao and Adler 1993). It occurs between 313 and 1,818 m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Taiwan, Province of China
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):313
Upper elevation limit (metres):1818
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Population [top]

Population:This is an uncommon species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:This snake lives in moist environments such as the forest floor, shrubland and gardens. It is nocturnal and feeds on snails and slugs. It is an oviparous species; Zhao (2006) reports that members of the presumed "P. formosensis-P. chinensis complex" lay 2-9 eggs in a clutch.

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There appear to be no significant threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are currently known for this species. It is likely present in some nature reserves due to its wide distribution. It is a protected species in Taiwan. More information is needed on this species' taxonomy, population status, natural history and threats.

Citation: Rao, D.-q. & Lau, M. 2012. Pareas formosensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T191967A2022215. . Downloaded on 25 April 2018.
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