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Opisthotropis daovantieni ORLOV, DAREVSKY & MURPHY, 1998

IUCN Red List - Opisthotropis daovantieni - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Tien’s mountain stream snake 
SynonymOpisthotropis daovantieni ORLOV, DAREVSKY & MURPHY 1998
Opisthotropis daovantieni — DAVID et al. 2011
Opisthotropis daovantieni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 509 
DistributionS Vietnam (probably limited to the northern part of Tai Nguyen Plateau in the Annam Mountains)

Type locality: Buoenloy, (14° 20'N, 108° 36'E), 750 m elevation, Ankhe district, Gia Lai Prov., S Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 252009 
CommentHabitat: aquatic, inhabiting flowing streams.

Diet: fishes, frogs, tadpoles, freshwater shrimp and earthworms.

Behavior: nocturnal 
Etymologynamed after Professor Dao Van Tien (1920-1995) of Hanoi University in recognition of his numerous publications on Vietnamese vertebrates, and particularly those on reptiles and amphibians. 
  • 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
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, N. L., S. A. Ryabov, N. Van Sang and N. Q. Truong 2003. New records and data on the poorly known snakes of Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 10: 217-240 - get paper here
  • Orlov, N., DAREVSKY, I. S. & R. W. MURPHY 1998. A new species of Mountain Stream Snake, genus Opisthotropis GÜNTER, 1872 (Serpentes: Colubridae: Natricinae), from the Tropical rain Forest of southern Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 5 (1): 61-64. - 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
  • YANG, JIAN-HUAN; YING-YONG WANG, BING ZHANG, MICHAEL WAI-NENG LAU & WEN-HAO CHOU 2011. Revision of the diagnostic characters of Opisthotropis maculosa Stuart and Chuaynkern, 2007 with notes on its distribution and variation, and a key to the genus Opisthotropis (Squamata: Natricidae). Zootaxa 2785: 61–68 - get paper here
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Patrick David, Vu Ngoc Thanh 2008. A new natricine snake of the genus Opisthotropis from Tam Dao, Vinh Phuc Province, northern Vietnam (Squamata, Colubridae). Zoosystematics and Evolution 84 (2): 197 -203 - get paper here
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