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Opisthotropis cucae DAVID, PHAM, NGUYEN & ZIEGLER, 2011

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cuc’s Mountain Snake
Vietnamese: Rắn trán cúc 
SynonymOpisthotropis cucae DAVID, PHAM, NGUYEN & ZIEGLER 2011
Opisthotropis cucae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 509 
DistributionSC Vietnam (Kon Tum Plateau, Kon Tum Province)

Type locality: Chu Mom Ray National Park, Sa Thay District, Kon Tum Province (14° 26.227' N, 107° 43.268' E), 740 m elevation, Vietnam  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: IEBR A.0924, an adult female, collected by Ho Thu Cuc and Pham The Cuong on 22 May 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Opisthotropis, characterized by the combination of the following characters: (1) 23 DSR at neck and 19 DSR at midbody; (2) 7 supralabials, 5th entering orbit; (3) 1 anterior and 2 posterior temporals; (4) at least 191 ventral scales; (5) about 22 subequal upper maxillary teeth; and (6) body uniform at dorsum (i.e. not banded or striped), lighter below but without any stripe making a clear separation. Further details in DAVID et al. 2011. 
CommentBehavior: nocturnal 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Mrs HO Thu Cuc (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi), for having collected the holotype of this new species and especially for her long lasting contribution to the better understanding of the herpetology of Vietnam. 
  • DAVID, PATRICK; CUONG THE PHAM, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2011. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Natricidae) from the highlands of Kon Tum Province, Vietnam. Zootaxa 2758: 43–56 - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; ANNE LOTTIER, PATRICK DAVID, TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN & GERNOT VOGEL 2014. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 from northern Laos (Squamata: Natricidae). Zootaxa 3774 (2): 165–182 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YIK-HEI SUNG & BOSCO PUI-LOK CHAN 2013. A new species of the genus Opisthotropis Günther, 1872 (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Guangdong Province, China. Zootaxa 3646 (3): 289–296 - get paper here
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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