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Herpetoreas burbrinki GUO, ZHU, LIU, ZHANG, LI, HUANG & PYRON, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Burbrink’s Keelback
Chinese: Chayu Fulianshe 
SynonymHerpetoreas burbrinki GUO, ZHU, LIU, ZHANG, LI, HUANG & PYRON 2014
Herpetoreas burbrinki — LALREMSANGA et al. 2022 
DistributionChina (Xizang)

Type locality: Zayu County, Xizang A. R., China, at an elevation of 1889 m  
TypesHolotype: YBU 071128, an adult male, collected in Sep. 2007 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Herpetoreas burbrinki can be distinguished from its relatives on the basis of the following combination of characters: 1) TL/SVL ratio in the single male 0.26; 2) one or two preoculars; 3) three postoculars; 4) three anterior temporals followed by two posterior temporals; 5) eight supralabials, 3rd to 5th in contact with the eye, 7th supralabial largest; 6) ten infralabials, the first five bordering the anterior chinshields; 7) 172 ventrals (plus two preventrals) in the one single male; 8) anal plate divided; 9) 96 divided subcaudals in the one single male; 10) reduction of dorsal scales rows from 19 to 17 scale (VS19TO17) occurring above ventral scale position 108; 11) reduction of the tail dorsal scales rows from 8 to 6 (SC6TO4) occurring above subcaudal 63; 12) dorsal scales in 19-19-17 rows, all distinctly keeled. 
CommentAbundance: Only known from two specimens. 
EtymologyThis species is named after the herpetologist Frank T. Burbrink of Peoria, Illinois, in recognition of his contributions to snake systematics and evolution. 
  • 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
  • Lalremsanga, H. T., Bal, A. K., Vogel, G., & Biakzuala, L. 2022. Molecular phylogenetic analyses of lesser known colubrid snakes reveal a new species of Herpetoreas (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae), and new insights into the systematics of Gongylosoma scriptum and its allies from northeastern India. SALAMANDRA, 58(2): 101-115 - get paper here
  • PENG, L., HUANG, S., BURBRINK, F. T., ZHANG, Y., GUO, P., & WU, H. 2021. Morphological description of a new specimen of Herpetoreas burbrinki Guo et al 2014 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Zootaxa 5039 (3): 433-439 - get paper here
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
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