Azemiops kharini ORLOV, RYABOV & NGUYEN, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Azemiops kharini?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Azemiopinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: White-headed Fea Viper, White-headed Burmese viper|
|Synonym||Azemiops kharini ORLOV, RYABOV & NGUYEN 2013: 119|
Azemiops albocephala ORLOV, RYABOV & NGUYEN 2013: 112
|Distribution||Vietnam (Vinh Phuc, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Tam Dao Mountains), E China (E Yunnan, Guangxi, Guizhou, eastern Sichuan, Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Shaanxi)|
Type locality: Tam Dao Mountain, Tam Dao Village, Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam; 900 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZISP 26028, adult male, collected on 12 June 2003 by N. L. Orlov and S. A. Ryabov.|
Paratypes. 8 specimens: ZISP 20010, juv., Tam Dao Mountain, Tam Dao Village, Vinh Phuc Province, Viet- nam; 750 – 900 m a.s.l., collected on October 1975 by Nguyen Van Sang; ZISP 22747 male, Tam Dao Moun- tain, Tam Dao Village, Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam; 750 – 900 m a.s.l., collected on October 2001 by N. L. Orlov and S. A. Ryabov; ZISP 26806 female, Tam Dao Mountain, Tam Dao Village, Vinh Phuc Province, Viet- nam; 900 m a.s.l., collected on 13 June 2003 by N. L. Or- lov and S. A. Ryabov; ZISP 26804 female, ZISP 26805 male, Thanh Cong village, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, 1300 m a.s.l., collected on 15 – 17 June 2003 by N. L. Orlov and S. A. Ryabov; ZISP 26807 male, ZISP 26802 female, Quang Thanh village, Nguyen Binh district, Cao Bang Province, Vietnam, 1100 m a.s.l., collected on 18 – 21 June 2003 by N. L. Orlov and S. A. Ryabov; ZISP 26803 male, Mau Son, Loc Binh district, Lang Son Province, Vietnam, 820 m a.s.l., on 11 June 2006 by N. L. Orlov and S. A. Ryabov.
|Comment||Similar species: this species has been confused with A. feae although they are easy to distinguish by the color of their heads. A. kharini may be a color variant of A. feae.|
Synonymy: Orlov et al. used the name Azemiops albocephala in Figures 5 and 6 before they used the name A. kharini (in the rest of the manuscript starting in Figure 8). The authors probably wanted to name the species A. albocephala but then learned that Vladimir Kharin had passed, so they changed the name but not throughout the manuscript.
Distribution: Very likely is the parapatry of these species in Yunnan, Sichuan and north Vietnam. Azemiops feae occurs to the west of the Red River (Sông HôÌng), and Azemiops kharini sp. nov. — to the east of the Red River.
|Etymology||The species is named in honor of the untimely passed zoologist Vladimir Kharin, who made a great contribution to the study of the fauna of fish and reptiles, including snakes, in Asia.|