Pareas carinatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Reptilia Squamata Pareatidae

Scientific Name: Pareas carinatus (Boie, 1828)
Common Name(s):
English Keeled Slug-eating Snake
Amblycephalus carinatus Boie, 1828
Taxonomic Notes: This species was historically placed in the genus Amblycephalus. Recent molecular work supports morphological evidence indicating that this species and Pareas nuchalis form a clade distinct from other Pareas (Guo et al. 2011), and its generic status may therefore warrant revision. Two subspecies are recognized: P. c. carinatus and P. c. unicolor.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2011-09-01
Assessor(s): Wogan, G. & Vogel, G.
Reviewer(s): Bowles, P. & Cox, N.A.
Listed as Least Concern on the basis that this species is widespread and, while it relies on the presence of some forested areas, it is somewhat tolerant of habitat disturbance, and so is unlikely to be declining rapidly enough to warrant listing in a more threatened category.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from Yunnan Province, China westward to Myanmar, throughout Indochina, and southward to Indonesia as far east as Lombok.
Countries occurrence:
Brunei Darussalam; Cambodia; China (Yunnan); Indonesia; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam
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Population [top]

Population:The species is relatively common within appropriate habitat. The population is probably decreasing because it is closely associated with forest.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:The species occurs in forest, usually in wet areas such as near streams. It is also found in plantations and villages adjacent to forest (David and Vogel 1996). The species is nocturnal and mostly arboreal, feeding exclusively on snails and slugs. It is oviparous, laying up to eight eggs (David and Vogel 1996).

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The species is likely to be negatively affected by forest destruction resulting from infrastructure development and agricultural expansion. It is however very widespread throughout Southeast Asia, and so impacts are likely to be localized.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation measures are required. It probably occurs in a number of protected areas within its range and has been observed in Kep National Park, Cambodia (P. Bowles, unpubl. data), although evidence of illegal logging is widespread in this reserve. The generic status of this species warrants reexamination.

Citation: Wogan, G. & Vogel, G. 2012. Pareas carinatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2012: e.T192235A2059305. . Downloaded on 22 June 2018.
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