Opisthotropis laui YANG, SUNG & CHAN, 2013
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Opisthotropis laui?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Lau’s Mountain Stream Snake|
Chinese: Liu Shi Hou Leng She
|Synonym||Opisthotropis laui YANG, SUNG & CHAN 2013|
Type locality: Beifengshan Forest Park, Mt. Gudou, Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China (22°14'20'' N, 112°55'05'' E, ca. 300 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: KIZ 060100, female, collected by Bosco P.L. Chan and Michael W.N. Lau on 26 July 2002, preserved in 80% alcohol and deposited at Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, China (KIZ).|
|Comment||Opisthotropis laui can be distinguished from other congeners by the combina- tion of the following characters: dorsal scales weakly keeled throughout, in 25:23:23 rows; 10 supralabials; 11 infralabials; two internasals, longer than wide, not touching the loreal; one loreal, not touching the eye; one preocular; two postoculars; one anterior temporal scale; 152 ventrals; 53 subcaudals; body and tail dark olive above, with light yellow crossbars.|
|Etymology||We name this new species, “laui”, in honor of Michael Wai-Neng Lau from Hong Kong, in recognition of his long-term contribution to biodiversity, in particular herpetological research and conservation in Southern China.|