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A new species of the genus Rhabdophis Fitzinger, 1843 (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Hoang Lien range, northwest Vietnam

ZSL London Zoo; Zoological Society of London; Regent’s Park; London; United Kingdom; NW1 4RY
ZSL London Zoo; Zoological Society of London; Regent’s Park; London; United Kingdom; NW1 4RY
Hoang Lien National Park; Sapa; Lao Cai Province; Vietnam
EDGE of Existence Programme; Zoological Society of London; Regent’s Park; London; NW1 4RY; United Kingdom; Asian Turtle Program—Indo-Myanmar Conservation; CT1 Bac Ha C14 Building; To Huu Road; Ha Noi; Vietnam
Reptilia natricine reptile Rhabdophis hmongorum sp. nov. snake Squamata taxonomy

Abstract

We describe a new species of the Natricinae genus Rhabdophis Fitzinger, 1843 from the Hoang Lien range, northwest Vietnam. The new species is distinct from all congeneric species on the grounds of morphometric and molecular data. The new species is most similar to Rhabdophis leonardi in terms of morphology but can be distinguished from it based on differences in maxillary tooth count, scalation, and genetic data. A sequence on GenBank from a Rhabdophis specimen collected in Honghe, Yunnan, China was identical to the species we describe, and it is likely that the new species is not restricted to Vietnam. As a priority, future work should focus on determining the distribution of this species, as well as understanding population and life history traits such as reproductive rate.

 

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