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Opisthotropis laui YANG, SUNG & CHAN, 2013

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Lau’s Mountain Stream Snake
Chinese: Liu Shi Hou Leng She 
SynonymOpisthotropis laui YANG, SUNG & CHAN 2013 
DistributionChina (Guangdong)

Type locality: Beifengshan Forest Park, Mt. Gudou, Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, China (22°14'20'' N, 112°55'05'' E, ca. 300 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: 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). 
CommentOpisthotropis 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.

Behavior: nocturnal 
EtymologyWe 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. 
  • 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
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