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Calamaria sangi NGUYEN, KOCH & ZIEGLER, 2009

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sang's reed snake
Vietnamese: Ran mai gam sang
French: Calamaire de Sang
German: Sangs Zwergschlange 
SynonymCalamaria sangi NGUYEN, KOCH & ZIEGLER 2009
Calamaria sangi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 141 
DistributionVietnam (Kon Tum)

Type locality: Mang Canh Commune (14°41.950'N, 108°14.642'E), Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam; 1,200 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR 360, an adult specimen (unknown gender) collected on 12 January 2001 by Nguyen Quang Truong and Andrei Kuznetsov. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.- Calamaria sangi sp. nov. is distinguishable from congeneric species by having a combination of the following characters: 1) rostral wider than high; 2) paraparietal surrounded by five to six shields and scales; 3) eye diameter larger than eye-mouth distance; 4) preocular present; 5) four supralabials, second and third entering orbit; 6) maxillary teeth nine, modified; 7) infralabials four to five, first three touching anterior chin shields; 8) mental touching anterior chin shields; 9) ventrals 2 + 190; subcaudal scales 19, divided; 10) anal plate single; 11) tail relatively short (6.2% ofthe total length), as thick as body, not distinctly tapering, and ending in obtuse point; 12) dorsum greyish-brown, with fine dark mottling; 13) venter cream, with dark transverse bands and a dark longitudinal stripe below tail.
EtymologyNamed sangi to honor Nguyen Van Sang (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam, in recognition of his lifework. 
  • David, P. & Vogel, G. 2010. Venomous Snakes of Europe, Northern, Central and Western Asia (TERRALOG 16) (English and German Edition). Edition Chimaira, Terralog 16, 160 pp. - get paper here
  • Nguyen, Truong Q.; Koch, A. & Ziegler, T. 2009. A new species of reed snake, Calamaria Boie, 1827 (Squamata: Colubridae), from central Vietnam. Hamadryad 34 (1): 1-8 - get paper here
  • Poyarkov, Nikolay A.; Jr., Tan Van Nguyen, Nikolai L. Orlov, Gernot Vogel 2019. A New Species of the Genus Calamaria Boie, 1827 from the Highlands of the Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam (Squamata: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 26 (6): 335-348 - 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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