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Hebius terrakarenorum HAUSER, SMITS & DAVID, 2022

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymHebius terrakarenorum HAUSER, SMITS & DAVID 2022
Amphiesma deschauenseei – COX 1991 (Plate 76) 
DistributionThailand (Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Tak and Kanchanaburi provinces)

Type locality: Thailand, Tak Province, Umphang District, 8.2 km northeast of the bridge over the Mae Klong Khi River at Mae Klong Khi Village (16.23661°N, 98.96871°E), elevation 1,209 m.  
ReproductionOviparous; A majority of the road-killed specimens were male and many of them were collected in October, which suggests that the main mating season might be at the end of the rainy season in October (Hauser et al. 2022). 
TypesHolotype: QSMI 1686, adult male, collected by S. Hauser, on 17 October 2020. Paratypes (n=7): QSMI 1687-1693.
EtymologyThe species nomen terrakarenorum is a modern Latin noun meaning “Land of the Karen”. It refers to the Karen people, the major inhabitants of the mountains throughout the hitherto known range of the new species.
This species nomen is a noun at the plural genitive case, not an adjective (Hauser et al. 2022).
  • Cox, Merel J. 1991. The Snakes of Thailand and their Husbandry. Krieger, Malabar, FL, xxxviii + 526 pp.
  • HAUSER, S., SMITS, T. & DAVID, P. 2022. On the distribution of the species of the genus Hebius Thompson, 1913 (Squamata: Natricidae) in northern Thailand, including the description of a new species and a discussion on snake diversity of this region. Zootaxa 5116 (1): 1–39 - get paper here
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