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Boiga guangxiensis WEN, 1998

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesChinese: 广西林蛇 
SynonymBoiga guangxiensis WEN 1998
Boiga guangxiensis — ZIEGLER et al. 2006
Boiga guangxinensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 104 (in error) 
DistributionChina, Vietnam (Lao Cai [Coc San, Cao Bang [Nguyen Binh], Lang Son [Mau Son, Huu Lung], Thai Nguyen [Ky Phu], Vinh Phuc [Tam Dao], Bac Giang [Luc Nam], Quang Binh [Phong Nha-Ke Bang], Kon Tum [Kon Plong], Gia Lai [Tram Lap], Lam Dong [Da Teh], Tay Ninh [Tay Ninh] and Dong Nai [Bien Hoa], Dak Lak), Laos

Type locality: Longgang Nature Reserve, Longzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  
TypesHolotype: GMU 82020 (Guangxi Medical University) 
CommentAccording to Orlov et al. (2003) very common in North Vietnam (“Tonkin and Annam mountains”), but rarer in South Vietnam.

Behavior: nocturnal.

Characteristic features. One loreal, two postoculars, and 2-3 anterior and three posterior temporals; eight supralabials (3-5 in contact with the eye), 11-12 infralabials, and 21 (dorsally smooth) scales across the midbody; 265 ventral scales and 144 divided subcaudal scales; remarkable are the anal plate, that is entire but with a median fold, and 1-2 preoculars (on the left side, two preoculars are present; on the right side the suture between “both scales” is not complete), with uppermost reaching top of head, but not touching frontal [fide ZIEGLER et al. 2006].

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Geissler, Peter, Truong Quang Nguyen, Nikolay A. Poyarkov & Wolfgang Böhme 2011. New records of snakes from Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai and Lam Dong provinces, southern Vietnam. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 9-16 - get paper here
  • Hodges, Cameron Wesley; Evan D. Amber, Colin Thomas Strine 2018. Boiga guangxiensis Wen, 1998 (Serpentes: Colubridae) feeding on Draco blanfordii in Yunnan, China. Herpetology Notes 11: 981-984 - get paper here
  • Luu, V. Q., Dinh, T. S., Lo, O. V., Nguyen, T. Q. and Ziegler, T. 2020. New records and an updated list of reptiles from Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 69: 1-9.
  • Neang T., Chan S., Chhin S., Samorn V., Poyarkov, N.A., Stephens, J., Daltry, J.C. & Stuart, B.L. 2017. First records of three snake species from Cambodia. Cambodian Journal of Natural History, 2017: 142–146 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, Nikolai L. and Sergei A. Ryabov 2002. A new species of the genus Boiga (Serpentes, Colubridae, Colubrinae) from Tanahjampea Island and description of "black form" of Boiga cynodon Complex from Sumatra (Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpetol. 9 (1): 33-56 - get paper here
  • Orlov, Nikolai L.; Sergei V. Kudryavtzev; Sergei A. Ryabov, and Oleg V. Shumakov 2003. A NEW SPECIES OF GENUS Boiga (SERPENTES: COLUBRIDAE: COLUBRINAE) AND COLOR ATLAS OF BOIGAS FROM BENGKULU PROVINCE (SUMATRA, INDONESIA). Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): 31-52 - get paper here
  • Ryabov, Sergei A. and Nikolai L. Orlov 2010. Reproductive Biology of Boiga guangxiensis Wen, 1998(Serpentes: Colubridae). Asian Herpetological Research 1 (1): 44-47 - get paper here
  • Thinh, Bui Bao; <br />Trinh Thi Hong; <br />Hoang Ngoc Thao; Bui Bao Thien 2018. Initial building the sample sets of amphibians and reptiles in the Hong Duc University (Viet Nam). Постулат. 2018. No12 УДК 597.6 + 598.1 - get paper here
  • Tillack, F.; Ziegler, T. & Le Khac Quyet 2004. Eine neue Art der Gattung Boiga FITZINGER 1826 (Serpentes: Colubridae: Colubrinae) aus dem zentralen Vietnam. Sauria 26 (4): 3-13 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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  • Zhao, E.M. 2006. The snakes of China [in Chinese]. Hefei, China, Anhui Sience & Technology Publ. House, Vol. I, 372 pp., Vol. II (color plates), 280 pp.
  • Ziegler, T., RAUHAUS, A., TRAN, T.D., PHAM, C.T., VAN SCHINGEN, M., DANG, P.H., LE, M.D. & NGUYEN, T.Q. 2015. Die Amphibien- und Reptilienfauna der Me-Linh-Biodiversitätsstation in Nordvietnam. Sauria 37 (4): 11-44 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Annemarie Ohler; Vu Ngoc Thanh; Le Khac Quyet; Nguyen Xuan Thuan; Dinh Huy Tri & Bui Ngoc Thanh 2006. Review of the amphibian and reptile diversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and adjacent areas, central Truong Son, Vietnam. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 247-262 - get paper here
  • ZIEGLER, THOMAS; RALF HENDRIX, VU NGOC THANH, MARTINA VOGT, BERNHARD FORSTER & DANG NGOC KIEN 2007. The diversity of a snake community in a karst forest ecosystem in the central Truong Son, Vietnam, with an identification key. Zootaxa 1493: 1-40 - get paper here
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