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Oligodon arenarius VASSILIEVA, 2015

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymOligodon arenarius VASSILIEVA 2015 
DistributionS Vietnam (Ba Ria–Vung Tau)

Type locality: Binh Chau–Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve, Xuen Moc District, Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, coordinates 10°29'46"N, 107°27'54"E, elevation 5 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. ZMMU R-14503 (field ID ZMMU ABV–00813), adult male, collected by Anna B. Vassilieva on 14 November 2014.
Paratypes. ZMMU R-14002 (field ID ZMMU NAP-03137), adult male from type locality: Binh Chau–Phuoc Buu Nature Reserve, Xuen Moc Disctrict, Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam (10°32'18"N, 107°28'37"E, 43 m a.s.l.), collected on 8 November 2010 by Anna B. Vassilieva; ZMMU R-14002 (field ID ZMMU NAP-03138), adult female from type locality (10°29'50"N, 107°27'58"E, 5 m a.s.l.) collected on 9 November 2010 by Anna B. Vassilieva; VNMN 04724 (field ID NAP-03884), adult female from type locality, environs of the resort Ho Coc (10°29'54"N, 107°28'08"E; 8 m a.s.l.), captured on 10 July 2012 by local people and collected by Anna B. Vassilieva and Nikolay Poyarkov; ZMMU R-14504, adult female from type locality (10°29'41"N, 107°27'46"E; 7 m a.s.l.), collected on 16 November 2014 by Anna B. Vassilieva. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe new species name is an adjective in the nominative case, masculine gender, derived from the Latin word "arena" meaning "sand", "sandy land". The name is intended to reflect the evident preference by the new species for sandy coastal habitats and the snake's remarkable ability to plunge into the sand and move under it. 
References
  • VASSILIEVA, ANNA B. 2015. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from coastal southern Vietnam Zootaxa 4058 (2): 211–226 - get paper here
 
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