Calamaria concolor ORLOV, TRUONG, TAO, ANANJEVA & CUC, 2010
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Calamaria concolor?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Calamaria concolor ORLOV, TRUONG, TAO, ANANJEVA & CUC 2010|
Calamaria concolor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 136
|Distribution||Vietnam (Thua Thien – Hue Province)|
Type locality: Bach Ma Peak, Bach Ma National Park, on the Eco-tourist trail, Thua Thien – Hue Province, Vietnam (16°11’16.7’’ N 107°50’36.1’’ E; elevation 1400 m a.s.l.).
|Types||Holotype: IEBR A.2010.02GZISP 30185, adult male, collected in April 2009 by Tran Thieu Du (Figs. 1 and 2).|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Small-sized, slightly dorso-ventrally flattened colubrid snake, total length 578 mm (SVL 536 mm, Lcd 42 mm); head relatively big, rounded, not distinguished from the neck, distinctly dorso-ventrally depressed, and covered with large regular symmetric shields; maxillary teeth eight, modified; eyes well devel- oped, pupil round; loreals absent; preocular present; pa- raparietal surrounded by five shields and scales; supra- labials five, second and third entering orbit; infralabials five; mental touching anterior chin shield on each side; small shield between mental and anterior chin shield; dorsal scales smooth, Sq1 — 13, Sq2 — 13, Sq3 — 13; anal plate single; tail thick, short, tapering gradually at base, abruptly tapering at tip to a obtuse point; dorsal scales reduce to four rows on tail opposite 19 subcaudals anterior to terminal scutum; body uniform brown above and cream below; small spots forming a diffuse, indis- tinct band on ventral side of tail.|
|Comment||Habitat: tropical rain forest.|
The new species is characterized by the following characters: total length 578 mm; tail length 42 mm, tail tip thick, obtusely rounded, and slightly flattened laterally; maxillary teeth eight, modified; loreals absent; preocular present; supralabials 5/5, second and third entering orbit; infralabials 5/5; paraparietal surrounded by five shields; midbody scales in 13 rows, reducing to 11 rows at the level of single anal plate; ventrals 3 + 209; subcaudals 19, divided; body uniform light brown above and without color pattern; belly cream.
|Etymology||The specific epithet concolor derives from Latin meaning unicolor and it is given due to the uniform body coloration of the species.|