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Opisthotropis durandi TEYNIÉ, LOTTIER, DAVID, NGUYEN & VOGEL, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Durand’s Mountain Stream Snake
F: Opisthotropis de Durand 
SynonymOpisthotropis durandi TEYNIÉ, LOTTIER, DAVID, NGUYEN & VOGEL 2014 
DistributionLaos (Louangphabang), possibly neighboring Thailand

Type locality: vicinity of Muang Ngoi (20°42'10"N, 102°41'21"E), Ngoi District, Louangphabang Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), elevation about 370 m.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2013.1001, an adult female, collected by Alexandre Teynié and Anne Lottier on 18 September 2012.
Paratype. IEBR A.2013.26, an adult male, from Mork or Mok Waterfall (20°39'N, 102°42'E), at about 4 km east of Ban Sopkhong or Ban Sop Keng, a village on Nam Ou River located between Nuang Kiea and Muang Ngoi, Ngoi District, Louangphabang Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), at an elevation of about 700 m a.s.l.; collected by Alexandre Teynié and Anne Lottier on 20 May 2013.
The locality of the paratype is at about 5.3 km south-southeast from the type locality. 
CommentSimilar species: Opisthotropis spenceri 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Mr Frédéric Durand, president of the naturalist association “Société d’Histoire Naturelle Alcide d’Orbigny” (Clermont-Ferrand, France), who supported our field trips and researches of the two first authors in Laos, and thus contributed to the better understanding of the herpetology of Laos. 
  • Kwet, Axel 2015. Liste der im Jahr 2014 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2015 (3): 50-64 - 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
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