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Published: 2022-11-24

Expanded morphological description of the recently described Lycodon zayuensis (Serpentes: Colubridae)

Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China 2Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Ecology of Tropical Islands, Key Laboratory of Tropical Animal and Plant Ecology of Hainan Province, College of Life Sciences, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 571158, China
Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China
Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China. College of Life Sciences, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China
Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China. College of Life Sciences, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China
Central South Inventory and Planning Institute of National Forestry and Grassland Administration, Changsha 410014, China
Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China
Faculty of Agriculture, Forest and Food Engineering, Yibin University, Yibin 644007, China
Reptilia morphology molecular phylogeny Tibetan Plateau snakes

Abstract

Lycodon is a species-rich genus that currently contains 72 named species. Lycodon zayuensis Jiang, Wang, Jin & Che, 2020, was described from Lower Chayu Town, Chayu County, Tibet, China, based on a single female holotype. During our recent field work, three additional specimens, including two females and one male, were collected and identified as L. zayuensis based on morphological comparison and the cytochrome b mitochondrial gene (1049 bp). Here, we provide an expanded description of this recently described species based on all known specimens.

 

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