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Jin-Long Ren, Chaochao Yan, Zhong-Liang Peng, Jia-Tang Li. Sichuan hot-spring snakes imperiled: reason, situation, and protection. Zoological Research, 2022, 43(1): 95-97. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.321
Citation: Jin-Long Ren, Chaochao Yan, Zhong-Liang Peng, Jia-Tang Li. Sichuan hot-spring snakes imperiled: reason, situation, and protection. Zoological Research, 2022, 43(1): 95-97. doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.321

Sichuan hot-spring snakes imperiled: reason, situation, and protection

doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2021.321
Funds:  This work was supported by the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)(XDB31000000); Second Tibetan Plateau Scientific Expedition and Research Program (STEP) (2019QZKK0501); National Natural Science Foundation of China (32100396); International Partnership Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (151751KYSB20190024); Biodiversity Survey, Monitoring, and Assessment Project of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, China (2019HB2096001006); and CAS “Light of West China” Program (2018XBZG_JCTD_001)
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  • Corresponding author: E-mail: lijt@cib.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 2021-11-08
  • Accepted Date: 2021-12-07
  • Available Online: 2021-12-10
  • Publish Date: 2022-01-18
  • The Sichuan hot-spring snake (Thermophis zhaoermii) is a rare and endemic species found at high elevations in the Hengduan Mountains of China. Recent species-specific investigations showed that the Sichuan hot-spring snake is still restricted to geothermal zones at elevations higher than 3 000 m a.s.l. The species also remains at risk of extinction, with the effective population size showing continual decline over the past one million years based on coalescent inference from genome-level single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data. We propose several approaches for protecting Sichuan hot-spring snake populations and their habitat.
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