Until recently, treated as conspecific with P. chersonesus. Closely related to P. incognitus, and a mixed pair reported in the wild; related also to P. oorti. One molecular study suggested, surprisingly, that asiaticus was sister to P. annamensis#R. Has in the past been thought to be close to P. monticola, and was sometimes even considered conspecific, but morphological differences alone seem sufficient to warrant separate species status. Recent molecular study#R found that davisoni from Laos and Vietnam was sister to nominate asiaticus (from Himalayas), whereas purported davisoni from N Thailand was very divergent from all others and closer to annamensis, thus possibly a cryptic species; further investigation required. Form described as race rubescens (from S Assam and NW Myanmar) is a morph of nominate asiaticus; laurentii (described from Yunnan, S China) is synonym of davisoni. Two subspecies currently recognized.
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