Opisthotropis durandi TEYNIÉ, LOTTIER, DAVID, NGUYEN & VOGEL, 2014
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Opisthotropis durandi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Durand’s Mountain Stream Snake|
F: Opisthotropis de Durand
|Synonym||Opisthotropis durandi TEYNIÉ, LOTTIER, DAVID, NGUYEN & VOGEL 2014|
|Distribution||Laos (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.
|Types||Holotype: 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.
|Comment||Similar species: Opisthotropis spenceri|
|Etymology||This 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.|
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