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Hebius jingdongensis MA, SHI, AYI & JIANG, 2023

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Jingdong Keelback Snake
Chinese: 景东腹 链蛇” (Jǐng Dōng Fù Liàn Shé) 
SynonymHebius jingdongensis MA, SHI, AYI & JIANG 2023
Amphiesma octolineata — ZHAO et al. 1998 
DistributionChina (Yunnan)

Type locality: Mt. Ailao Ecological Station (101.01 °E, 24.52 °N, ca 2400 m a.s.l.) located at Jingdong in Yunnan, China  
TypesHolotype CIB 119044, sub-adult female, collected by
Guocheng Shu, Meihua Zhang, Shengchao Shi and
Chunling Zhao on 27 July 2017.
Paratypes CIB 8394, adult female, collected on 18 June 1958 from Huangcaoling; CIB 8395, adult female with little broken at the tail tip, collected on 5 June 1958 from Xinmin Village. These two localities are both located in the same county as the holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (1) body cylindrical, tail relatively short, TaL/TL 0.235–0.243; (2) dorsal scale rows 19-19-17; (3) ventrals 163– 166, cloacal plate divided, subcaudals 71–74 pairs; (4) supralabials 8, the first two contact with the nasals; (5) infralabials 9 or 10, preocular 1, postoculars 3; (6) body dorsum sandy beige with the sides yellowish-brown decorated with two brick-red stripes on the dorsolateral scale rows in life; (7) sutures between the labials brick-red in life and taupe in preservative; (8) ventral light yellow with the outer part of each scale brick-red in life; (9) ventrolateral stripes present. (Ma et al. 2023) 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality of this species. 
  • Ma S., Shi S. C., Ayi B. D., Jiang J. P. 2023. A New Species of the Genus Hebius Thompson, 1913 (Serpentes: Natricidae) from Yunnan, China. Asian Herpetol Res, 2023, 14(3): 212–226 - get paper here
  • Zhao E. M. 1998. Fauna Sinica, Reptilia, Vol. 3, Squamata: Serpentes. Science Press (In Chinese)
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