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Oligodon booliati LEONG & GRISMER, 2004

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymOligodon booliati LEONG & GRISMER 2004ƒ 
DistributionWest Malaysia (Pulau Tioman)

Type locality: primary forest along the Tekek-Juara trail, ca. 150 m elevation., Pulau Tioman (Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia).  
TypesHolotype: ZRC.2.5153, adult female, collected on the night of 16 July, 2001, at 2130 hrs by T. M. Leong and K. M. Crane.
Paratypes: (1) BPBM 13933, subadult male, collected on 17 April 1962 by J. R. Hendrickson, at Ulu Lalang, ca. 700 m elevation and (2) ZMB 64446, adult female, collected in May 2001 by W. Grossmann and C. Scafer on the top of the Tekek-Juara Trail at 300 m elevation. 
CommentKnown only from a few specimens.

Diagnosis. - 6-7 upper labials, 2nd and 3 rd or 3rd and 4th touching eye, 7 lower labials, 17 mid-body scales, 143-153 ventrals, 54-60 subcaudals. Loreals present. Head scales without distinct patterns. No distinct stripe running through eye. In life, body deep maroon red dor- sally and along flanks, salmon pink on the ventrals and subcaudals. Ventrals without dark spots. Indistinct dark brown transverse bars (19-22) on body, starting from nape and fading increasingly towards tail. Thin, dark brown stripes on anterior sides of 5th and 6th upper labi- als, immediately posterior to eye. 
  • Leong, Tzi Ming and L. Lee Grismer 2004. A new species of Kukri snake, Oligodon (Colubridae), from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia. Asiatic Herpetological Research 10: 12-16 - get paper here
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