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Hebius kerinciensis (DAVID & DAS, 2003)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymAmphiesma kerinciense DAVID & DAS 2003
Hebius kerinciense — GUO et al. 2014
Amphiesma kerinciense — WALLACH et al. 2014: 30
Hebius kerinciensis — DAVID et al. 2021 
DistributionIndonesia (western Sumatra)

Type locality: slopes of Gunung Kerinci [= Mount Kerinci], western Sumatra, Indonesia  
TypesHolotype: ZRC 2.3521 (Zoological Reference Collection of the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: 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. 
CommentKnown from a single specimen only. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • David, P. & Das, I. 2003. A new species of the snake genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Western Sumatra, Indonesia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 51(2): 413-419 - get paper here
  • DAVID, PATRICK; GERNOT VOGEL, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, NIKOLAI L. ORLOV, OLIVIER S. G. PAUWELS, ALEXANDRE TEYNIÉ, THOMAS ZIEGLER 2021. A revision of the dark-bellied, stream-dwelling snakes of the genus Hebius (Reptilia: Squamata: Natricidae) with the description of a new species from China, Vietnam and Thailand. Zootaxa 4911: 1–61 - get paper here
  • GUO, PENG; FEI ZHU, QIN LIU, LIANG ZHANG, JIAN X. LI, YU Y. HUANG & R. ALEXANDER PYRON 2014. A taxonomic revision of the Asian keelback snakes, genus Amphiesma (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), with description of a new species. Zootaxa 3873 (4): 425–440 - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, & ANNEMARIE OHLER 2010. Note on a collection of Amphibians and Reptiles from Western Sumatra (Indonesia), with the description of a new species of the genus Bufo. Zootaxa 2416: 1–43 - 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.
  • Ziegler, T., and Quyet, L.K. 2006. A new natricine snake of the genus Amphiesma (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from the central Truong Son, Vietnam. Zootaxa 1225: 39-56 - get paper here
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