Trimeresurus phuketensis SUMONTHA, KUNYA, PAUWELS, NITIKUL & PUNNADEE, 2011
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|Higher Taxa||Viperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Phuket Pitviper|
Thai: Ngoo Kheeow Hang Mai Phuket
F: Triméré- sure de Phuket
G: Phuket Bambusotter
|Synonym||Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis SUMONTHA, KUNYA, PAUWELS, NITIKUL & PUNNADEE 2011|
Popeia phuketensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 575
Trimeresurus pukhetensis — DAVID & VOGEL 2015 (in error)
Trimeresurus phuketensis — MULCAHY et al. 2017
Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis— MIRZA et al. 2023
|Distribution||SW Thailand (Phuket Island)|
Type locality: Ban Bangrong, Thalang District, Phuket Island, Phuket Province, southwestern Thailand
|Types||Holotype: THNHM 15905 (formerly MS 390), adult male. Collected by Kirati Kunya on 5 October 2009. Paratypes (9). CUMZ R 2009.6.24-7 (formerly MS 397), adult male, 11 June 2008, same locality as holo- type. PSUZC RT 2010.51 (formerly MS 405), juvenile male, and KZM 005, adult female, 5 October 2009, same locality as holotype. QSMI 1161 (formerly MS 375), KZM 004 (formerly MS 418), juvenile males; THNHM 15906 (formerly MS 155), CUMZ R 2009.6.24-8 (for- merly MS 158), KUMZ Rep-000317 (formerly MS 392), QSMI 1162 (formerly MS 419), juvenile females; all captive born on 5 March 2009 from a pair of snakes col- lected in June 2008 from the same locality as holotype.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the genus Trimeresurus Lacepède, 1804, subgenus Popeia Malhotra and Thorpe, 2004, characterized by (1) hemipenes long, reaching in situ at least the 25th SC, without spines; (2) 1st supralabial distinct from nasal; (3) 23 – 25 DSR around neck about one HL behind head; (4) 21 MSR, keeled; (5) overall col- oration green with reddish-brown crossbands in both males and females; (6) presence of a postocular streak, reddish brown in its wide upper part and white in its nar- row lower part, in both males and females; (7) thin, white (above) and red (below) ventrolateral stripe in males, light green (above) and red (below) ventrolateral stripe in females; (8) rather long tail with a ratio TaLGTL between 0.19 and 0.23 in males and between 0.17 and 0.18 in females; (9) occipital scales smooth or weakly keeled; and (10) temporal scales large, as large as posterior temporals.|
Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018).
|Etymology||The specific epithet is an adjective in reference to the type locality, Phuket Island.|
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