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Parafimbrios lao TEYNIÉ, DAVID, LOTTIER, LE, VIDAL & NGUYEN, 2015

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Higher TaxaXenodermidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymParafimbrios lao TEYNIÉ, DAVID, LOTTIER, LE, VIDAL & NGUYEN 2015 
DistributionLaos (Louangphabang), Vietnam (Son La), Thailand

Type locality: vicinity of Muang Ngoi (20°42.005'N, 102°41.730'E; datum WGS84), Ngoi District, Louangphabang Province, Laos, at an elevation ca. 360 m.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2013.1002, a young adult male, collected by Alexandre Teynié and Anne Lottier on 25 September 2012. 
CommentType species: is the type species of the genus Parafimbrios TEYNIÉ, DAVID, LOTTIER, LE, VIDAL & NGUYEN 2015.

Habitat: rocky evergreen forest, with some remaining trees of primary forest, surrounding a rugged karst formation. 
EtymologyThe generic nomen Parafimbrios is composed of the modern Latin generic nomen Fimbrios and the Latin adjective par (paris), meaning, among other possibilities, “similar to”. The nomen Fimbrios itself stems from the Latin noun fimbria (-ae), meaning “a fringe”, by allusion to the edges of labial scales producing a kind of fringe around the snout. So, the generic nomen Parafimbrios refers to one of the diagnostic characters of Fimbrios, to which Parafimbrios gen. nov. is morphologically quite similar but taxonomically distinct.

The specific epithet, lao, refers both to the official name of Laos, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in which the species was discovered, and to the Lao, the main people group inhabiting Laos. 
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • TEYNIÉ, ALEXANDRE; PATRICK DAVID, ANNE LOTTIER, MINH DUC LE, NICOLAS VIDAL & TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN 2015. A new genus and species of xenodermatid snake (Squamata: Caenophidia: Xenodermatidae) from northern Lao People’s Democratic Republic. Zootaxa 3926 (4): 523–540 - get paper here
  • Teynié, Alexandre; Sjon Hauser 2017. First Record of Parafimbrios lao Teynié, David, Lottier, Le, Vidal et Nguyen, 2015 (Squamata: Caenophidia: Xenodermatidae) for Thailand Russ. J. Herpetol. 24 (1): 41-48 - get paper here
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