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Herpetoreas burbrinki GUO, ZHU, LIU, ZHNAG, 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, ZHNAG, LI, HUANG & PYRON 2014 
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. 
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
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