A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Guangdong Province, China

Jian Huan YANG*, Yik Hei SUNG, Bosco Pui Lok CHAN

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A new natricid snake of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872, Opisthotropis laui sp. nov., is described from Mt. Gudou, Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China. The new species can be distinguished from other congeners by the combina-tion of the following characters: dorsal scales weakly keeled throughout, in 25:23:23 rows; 10 supralabials; 11 infralabials; two internasals, longer than wide, not touching the loreal; one loreal, not touching the eye; one preocular; two postoculars; one anterior temporal scale; 152 ventrals; 53 subcaudals; body and tail dark olive above, with light yellow crossbars.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-296
Number of pages8
JournalZootaxa
Volume3646
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • China
  • Natricinae
  • Opisthotropis laui sp. nov.
  • Snake
  • Taxonomy

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