Hebius kerinciense (DAVID & DAS, 2003)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Amphiesma kerinciense DAVID & DAS 2003|
Hebius kerinciense — GUO et al. 2014
Amphiesma kerinciense — WALLACH et al. 2014: 30
|Distribution||Indonesia (western Sumatra)|
Type locality: slopes of Gunung Kerinci [= Mount Kerinci], western Sumatra, Indonesia
|Types||Holotype: ZRC 2.3521 (Zoological Reference Collection of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore)|
|Comment||Known from a single specimen only.|
Diagnosis. – A species of the genus Amphiesma, characterized by: (1) a stout body; (2) a moderately large eye (see below); (3) 19 scale rows at midbody, strongly keeled on upper rows, many of which are distinctly notched posteriorly; scales of first dorsal row enlarged, feebly keeled; (4) a single preocular; (5) a broad, dark vertebral band, with irregularly placed dark scales producing faint and irregular, discontinuous crossbars; (6) a faint pale ochre brown dorsolateral stripe bordering the vertebral band on each side, widening to produce three or four irregular blotches on the neck; (7) two distinct postocular streaks (see the description below) and (8) ventral scales purple greyish-brown at their outer border, with a row of well defined dark brown blotches at 3/4 of their width.
This species differs from all other members of the genus by the combination of these characters. Especially diagnostic are the combination of the dorsal colour and pattern, the single preocular and the notching of the dorsal scales. These and other characters are detailed below in the discussion.
|Etymology||Named after the type locality.|
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