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Taxonomy of the family Viperidae
Bibliography of the genus Popeia
Biodiversity of the family Viperidae








Genus
Popeia

South Asian Bamboo Pitvipers

Südasiatische Bambusottern

Sydasiatiske Bambushugorme

2004 Popeia Malhotra & Thorpe (type species: Trimeresurus popeiorum Smith 1937)
Contents: 5 species, of which 2 (40.0%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: The species of this genus were previously included in Trimeresurus (e.g., McDiarmid, Campbell & Touré 1999). Considered a valid genus by some authors (e.g., Grismer, Grismer & McGuire (2006), but as a subgenus of Trimeresurus by others (e.g., Vogel, David & Pauwels 2004; David, Petri, Vogel & Doria 2009).
Distribution: SE. Asia, Malay Archipelago.
Reported from: Bhutan, Brunei, China (Yunnan), India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, West Bengal), Indonesia (Kalimantan, Siberut, Simeulue, Sipura, Sumatra), Laos, Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Seribuat Archipelago (Tioman)]), Myanmar, Thailand.

Popeia nebularis

Cameron Highlands Pitviper

Cameron-Highlands-Bambusotter

Vestmalaysisk Bambushugorm

2004 Trimeresurus nebularis Vogel, David & Pauwels
Popeia nebularis Grismer, Grismer & McGuire 2006
2004 Popeia inornata Sanders, Malhotra, Gumprecht, Thorpe & Kuch (Vogel 2006; David 2007)

Distribution: Malaysia (West Malaysia), Thailand.


Popeia phuketensis

Phuket Pitviper

Phuket-Bambusotter

Phuket-bambushugorm

2011 Trimeresurus phuketensis Sumontha, Kunya, Pauwels, Nitikul & Punnadee

Distribution: Thailand.


Popeia popeiorum

Northern Bamboo Pitviper, (Pope’s Bamboo Pitviper, Pope’s Green Pitviper)

Popes Bambusotter

Nordlig Bambushugorm, (Popes Palmehugorm)

1853 Trimesurus elegans Gray [unjustified emendation of Trimeresurus; not Craspedocephalus elegans Gray 1849] (McDiarmid, Campbel & Touré 1999)
1937 Trimeresurus popeiorum Pope
Trimeresurus popeorum Smith 1943 [invalid emendation]
Popeia popeiorum Malhotra & Thorpe 2004

Remarks: The taxonomy of this species has had a confusing history. Older literature records should be used with caution, as they often represent other species, or even other genera. Previously included sabahi (incl. its synonyms barati, buniana, fucata, and toba), as well as the population now assigned to nebularis. Records from Borneo, Sumatra and nearby islands refer to sabahi. Records from Vietnam (e.g., Golay & al. 1993; Kabisch 2002) are thought or known to represent misidentifications of other species (Gumprecht, Tillack, Orlov, Captain & Ryabov 2004; Vogel, David & Pauwels 2004). Records from Cambodia (e.g., Golay & al. 1993; Kabisch 2002) and eastern Thailand (e.g., Inger & Colwell 1977) represent Viridovipera vogeli (Vogel, David & Pauwels 2004). Records from Bangladesh and Nepal (e.g., Kabisch 2002) are highly questionable (Gumprecht, Tillack, Orlov, Captain & Ryabov 2004; Kästle, Rai & Schleich 2013).
Introduced to: New Zealand.
Distribution: Bhutan, China (Yunnan), India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, West Bengal), Laos, Myanmar, Thailand.


Popeia sabahi

Sunda Bamboo Pitviper, Sabah Bamboo Pitviper, Sabah Green Pitviper, Sabah Pitviper

Sunda-Bambusotter

Sunda-bambushugorm

1981 Trimeresurus popeorum sabahi Regenass & Kramer
Trimeresurus gramineus sabahi Welsh 1988
Trimeresurus sabahi Vogel, David & Pauwels 2004
Popeia sabahi Grismer, Grismer & McGuire 2006
1981 Trimeresurus popeorum barati Regenass & Kramer (Wostl, Sidik, Trilaksono, Shaney, Kurniawan & Smith 2016)
Trimeresurus gramineus barati Welsh 1988
Trimeresurus barati Vogel, David & Pauwels 2004
Popeia barati Grismer, Grismer & McGuire 2006
Trimeresurus sabahi barati Mulcahy, Lee, Miller & Zug 2017
2004 Trimeresurus fucatus Vogel, David & Pauwels (Wostl, Sidik, Trilaksono, Shaney, Kurniawan & Smith 2016)
Popeia fucata Grismer, Grismer & McGuire 2006
Trimeresurus sabahi fucatus Mulcahy, Lee, Miller & Zug 2017
2006 Popeia buniana Grismer, Grismer & McGuire (Wostl, Sidik, Trilaksono, Shaney, Kurniawan & Smith 2016)
Trimeresurus buniana David & Vogel in Visser 2015
Trimeresurus sabahi buniana Mulcahy, Lee, Miller & Zug 2017
2009 Trimeresurus toba David, Petri, Vogel & Doria (Wostl, Sidik, Trilaksono, Shaney, Kurniawan & Smith 2016)
Trimeresurus sabahi toba Mulcahy, Lee, Miller & Zug 2017

Remarks:
Barat Bamboo Pitviper, Sumatran Green Pitviper (barati)
Fairy Pitviper, Tioman Pitviper (buniana)
Siamese Peninsula Pitviper, Thai Peninsula Pitviper (fucata)
Toba Pitviper (toba)
Distribution: Brunei, Indonesia (Kalimantan, Siberut, Simeulue, Sipura, Sumatra), Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak, West Malaysia [incl. Langkawi Archipelago, Seribuat Archipelago (Tioman)]), Myanmar, Thailand.


Popeia yingjiangensis

Yingjiang Bamboo Pitviper, Yingjiang Green Pitviper

Yingjiang-Bambusotter

Yingjiang-bambushugorm

2019 Trimeresurus yingjiangensis Chen, Zhang, Shi, Tang, Guo, Song & Ding
Popeia yingjiangensis Wang, Ren, Chen, Lyu, Guo, Jiang, Chen, Li, Guo, Wang & Che 2020

Distribution: China (Yunnan).