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Oligodon huahin PAUWELS, LARSEN, SUTHANTHANGJAI, DAVID & SUMONTHA, 2017

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesThai: Ngu Ngod Hua Hin
E: Hua Hin Kukri Snake
F: Oligodon de Hua Hin
G: Hua Hin Kukrinatter 
SynonymOligodon huahin PAUWELS, LARSEN, SUTHANTHANGJAI, DAVID & SUMONTHA 2017 
DistributionThailand (Prachuap Khiri Khan)

Type locality: road 3218 to Pala-U waterfall (12.528768 N, 99.527812 E), about 2 km east of the entrance gate to Kaeng Krachan National Park, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, peninsular Thailand  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: QSMI 1501 (field number MS 602); adult male; collected by H. Larsen on 20 December 2016. Paratypes. QSMI 1502 and PSUZC 720, adult males, same locality and collector as holotype, collected on 12 and 20 December 2016, respectively. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Oligodon huahin sp. nov. can be distinguished from all other congeneric species by its maximal known SVL of 553.7 mm, 7 or 8 supralabials, 17-17-15 or 17-15-15 dorsal scale rows, 166–173 ventrals, single anal, 35–41 subcaudals, deeply forked hemipenes without spines, 6 maxillary teeth, faint to very faint striped dorsal pattern without blotches on head, nape, dorsum or belly, and ivory ventral surface.
 
CommentBehavior: All specimens were found crossing the road in a bamboo forest between 6.15 and 7.15 PM, which indicates an activity peak at dusk.

Syntopy: Calotes versicolor (Agamidae), Cyrtodactylus phetchaburiensis, Dixonius siamensis, Hemidactylus platyurus (Gekkonidae), Eutropis macularia (Scincidae), Ahaetulla prasina, Boiga siamensis and B. cyanea, Chrysopelea ornata, Coelognathus radiatus, Dryocalamus davisoni, Lycodon capucinus, Oligodon fasciolatus (locally very common) (Colubridae), Naja kaouthia, Ophiophagus hannah (Elapidae), Hypsiscopus plumbea (Homalopsidae), Psammodynastes pulverulentus (Lamprophiidae), Xenochrophis piscator (Natricidae), Pareas carinatus and P. margaritophorus (Pareidae), Python reticulatus (Pythonidae) and Trimeresurus albolabris (Viperidae).

Comparisons: see Rao et al. 2017: 536 for detailed comparisons with other species of the genus. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is an invariable noun in honor of the administrative district where the type locality lies and of its charming main city Hua Hin. 
References
  • PAUWELS, OLIVIER S. G.; HENNING LARSEN, WINAI SUTHANTHANGJAI, PATRICK DAVID & MONTRI SUMONTHA 2017. A new kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon) from Hua Hin District, and the first record of O. deuvei from Thailand. Zootaxa 4291 (3): 531–548
 
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