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Oligodon annamensis LEVITON, 1953

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesAnnam Kukri Snake 
SynonymOligodon annamensis LEVITON 1953
Oligodon annamensis — GREEN et al. 2010
Oligodon annamensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 483 
DistributionVietnam (Lam Dang, Annam)

Type locality: Station Agricale, Blao, Haut Donai, Annam (Vietnam). Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype: USNM 90408 
CommentSize: TL 248mm

Identification: Body robust, subcylindrical; head short, snout blunt and rounded; loreal absent; single preocular; single postocular; supralabials 6; Supralabials III-IV contact orbit; infralabials 6; maxillary teeth 8; eye moderate; pupil rounded; dorsals smooth, lacking apical pits; midbody scale rows 13; ventrals 159-170; subcaudals 30-44, paired; anal entire. Coloration: Dorsum brown with 10 short, narrow white bars, thinly edged with black; forehead with several black-edged white blotches, including an interocular band, an interparietal bar and isolated patches on anterior snout; long oblique stripe on sides of neck; narrow light nuchal chevron; venter white, many ventrals and subcaudals covered partially or completely by quadrangular dark brown or black blotches.

Status: Not Evaluated. 
References
  • Das, I. 2010. A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Southeast Asia. New Holland, London. 376 pp. [book review in Sauria 33 (3): 51, and Russ. J. Herp. 18: 325]
  • Green, Marc D.; Nikolai L. Orlov and Robert W. Murphy 2010. Toward a Phylogeny of the Kukri Snakes, Genus Oligodon. Asian Herpetological Research 1 (1): 1-21 - get paper here
  • Leviton A. E. 1960. Notes on the second specimen of the snake Oligodon annamensis Leviton. Wasamann J Biol, 18: 305–307
  • Leviton, Alan E. 1953. A new snake of the genus Oligodon from Annam. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 43 (12): 422-424 - get paper here
  • Sang, Nguyen Van; Ho Thu Cuc, Nguyen, Quang Truong 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • THY NEANG, L. LEE GRISMER & JENNIFER C. DALTRY 2012. A new species of kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3388: 41–55 - get paper here
  • VASSILIEVA, ANNA B.; PETER GEISSLER, EDUARD A. GALOYAN, NIKOLAY Jr A. POYARKOV, ROBERT WAYNE VAN DEV 2013. A new species of Kukri Snake (Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826; Squamata: Colubridae) from the Cat Tien National Park, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3702 (3): 233–246 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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