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Higher TaxaHomalopsidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Bocourt’s Mud Snake, Bocourt's Water Snake
G: Bocourts Wassertrugnatter 
SynonymHypsirhina bocourti JAN 1865: 258
Hypsirhina multilineata TIRANT 1885 (fideSMITH 1943)
Hypsirhina gigantea WERNER 1923: 163 (fideSMITH 1928, 1943)
Hypsirhina bocourti soctrangensis BOURRET 1936 (fide fideSMITH 1943)
Enhydris bocourti — SMITH 1943: 388
Enhydris bocourti — MANTHEY & GROSSMANN 1997: 349
Enhydris bocourti — COX et al. 1998: 40
Enhydris bocourti — NGUYEN et al. 2009
Enhydris bocourti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 270
Subsessor bocourti — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 34
Enhydris bocourti — CHAN-ARD et al. 2015: 239 
DistributionWest Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, China ?

Type locality: Bangkok, Thailand  
Reproductionviviparous 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN 613–613A 
CommentDistribution: reports from China (as in ZHAO 1993) are dubious and require confirmation (Zhou and Yu 2002).

Type species: Hypsirhina bocourti JAN 1865: 258 is the type species of the genus Subsessor MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 34.

Diet: fish, frogs, crustaceans

Habitat: aquatic; swamps, shallow lakes, pools, and other stagnant water. 
EtymologyNamed after Marie Firmin Bocourt (1819-1904), French naturalist. 
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