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Herpetoreas murlen LALREMSANGA, BAL, VOGEL & BIAKZUALA, 2022

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Murlen Keelback Snake
G: Murlen-Wassernatter 
SynonymHerpetoreas murlen LALREMSANGA, BAL, VOGEL & BIAKZUALA 2022 
DistributionIndia (Mizoram, Champhai District: Murlen National Park)

Type locality: Murlen National Park (coordinates: 23.62627° N, 93.28936° E, 1,763 m asl.), Champhai District, Mizoram, northeastern India  
TypesHolotype: MZMU2041, adult male, collected at ca. 1700 hrs on 11 August 2021, by Amit Kumar Bal. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Herpetoreas murlen sp. n. is diagnosable by the following morphological characters (based on the holotype, male: (1) TaL/TL 0.23; (2) two PVe, 179 Ve, and 78 paired Sc; (3) As divided; 4) nine IL, with the first four contacting the AG, and the fourth and fifth contacting the PG; (5) eight SL, the third to fifth contacting the eye, the seventh largest; (6) Tem 1+1; (7) two PrO, and three PoO; (8) dorsal scales in 19:19:17 rows, distinctly keeled, those in the first row feebly keeled; (9) internasal scales sub-triangular; (10) scales on posterior part of head and temporal region smooth; (11) the everted hemipenes bilobate near the tip; sulcus spermaticus bifurcated just beneath the crotch; weakly developed apical naked area at the crotch and invisible from the asulcate face; numerous small spines present, increasing in size distally, and a distinct basal hook present. (LALREMSANGA et al. 2022) 
CommentBehavior: Crepuscular in activity. (Lalremsanga et al. 2022) 
EtymologyThe specific epithet refers to the type locality, Murlen National park, Champhai District, Mizoram, India. 
  • Kwet, A. 2023. Liste der im Jahr 2022 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Elaphe 2023 (3): 48-73
  • 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
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