Protobothrops maolanensis YANG, ORLOV & WANG, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Protobothrops maolanensis?
|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Mao-lan pitviper|
|Synonym||Protobothrops maolanensis YANG, ORLOV & WANG 2011|
Protobothrops maolanensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 573
Protobothrops cf. maolanensis — KROPACHEV et al. 2015
|Distribution||China (Guizhou, Guangxi)|
Type locality: Maolan National Nature Reserve, Maolan town, Libo County, Guizhou, China (25°12'50.0'' N, 107°59'56.04'' E, 560 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: SYS r000211, adult male (Fig. 1 in YANG et al. 2011), collected by Sheng Zheng and Jian-Huan Yang on 18 May 2010.|
Paratypes. SYS r000210, adult male, same data as holotype. SYS r000276, adult male and SYS r000277, adult female, from the same locality as holotype, collected by Jian-Huan Yang, Yun Li and Run-Lin Li on 10 August 2010.
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Protobothrops maolanensis sp. nov. differs from other species of Protobothrops by the combina- tion of the following characters: (1) a relatively small body size (TL 609–805 mm); (2) dorsal scales keeled throughout, in 23(rarely 25): 21(19): 17(15) rows; (3) ventral scales 186–193 in male, 190 in female; (4) subcau- dals 78–85 pairs in male, 74 in female; (5) 7–8 supralabials; (6) 11–12 infralabials; (7) 10–12 scales between mid- section of supraoculars in a line; (8) the 4th supralabials separated from suboculars by one row of scales; (9) 68–72 small and thin body bands across body and tail; (10) TaL/SVL ratio 0.238–0.269 in male, 0.190 in female; (11) SL/ HL ratio 0.308–0.326 in male, 0.344 in female; (12) ED/HL ratio 0.164–0.176 in male, 0.152 in female; and (13) the unique color pattern. See YANG et al. 2011 for differential diagnosis by way of comparison with all other species in the genus.|
|Comment||Chen et al. (2013) found specimens in Guangxi that are intermediary between Protobothrops maolanensis and P. trungkhanhensis.|
Distribution: see map in Guo et a. 2016: 383 (Fig. 1).
|Etymology||The specific epithet refers to the type locality, Maolan Town, Guizhou, China.|
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