Thermophis zhaoermii GUO, LIU, FENG & HE, 2008
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Thermophis zhaoermii?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Sichuan Hot-spring Keel-back|
Chinese: Sichuan Wenquan She
|Synonym||Thermophis zhaoermii GUO, LIU, FENG & HE 2008|
Thermophis zhaoermii — SUN et al. 2011
Thermophis zhaoermii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 729
Type locality: Litang County, Suchuan, China, elevation 3700 m.
|Types||Holotype: SCUM 044804 (Sichuan University Museum, Chengdu, China)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Thermophis zhaoermii differs mainly from T. baileyi by the following characteristics: 1. the new species exhibits a more anterior occurrence of subcaudal scale of the reduction from 6 to 4 scale rows [76.75 (76.50 - 77.00) vs. 90.42 (85.50 - 92.00) in males, and 69.28 (64.00 -74.50) vs. 78.26 (76. 00 - 81. 50) in females]; 2. the new species has a shorter hemipenis (in situ) (the 16th subcaudal vs. 21st - 23rd subcaudal) and a more proximally occurrence of the organ fork (the 12th subcaudal vs. the 15 th _ 17th subcaudal); 3. T. zhaoermii exhibits fewer maxillary teeth (16.5 vs. 22. 0) ; 4. all subcaudals are paired (no single one) in the new species, but some subcaudaIs are undivided in T. baileyi. Furthermore, based on independent molecular mitochondrial and nuclear sequences, the divergences between the two species are large.|
|Etymology||This species is named tin honor of Professor Zhao Er-mi for (1930-2016) his studies on Chinese amphibians and reptiles and tireless in helping young herpetologists of China. See Zhao et al. 2017 and Adler 2017 for biographical details.|