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Trimeresurus rubeus (MALHOTRA, THORPE, MRINALINI & STUART, 2011)

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesRuby-eyed Green Pitviper 
SynonymCryptelytrops rubeus MALHOTRA, THORPE, MRINALINI & STUART 2011
Trimeresurus macrops — KRAMER (1977): 757 (part)
Trimeresurus macrops — REGENASS and KRAMER (1981): 184 (part)
Trimeresurus macrops — ORLOV et al. (2002a): 193 (part)
Trimeresurus macrops — ORLOV et al. (2002b): 353 (part)
Trimeresurus macrops — STUART et al. (2006a): 152
Trimeresurus cf. macrops GUMPRECHT et al. (2004): 236
Trimeresurus (Trimeresurus) rubeus — DAVID et al. 2011
Craspedocephalus rubeus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 188
Trimeresurus rubeus MRINALINI et al. 2015 
DistributionCambodia (Mondolkiri), S Vietnam

Type locality: on an herbaceous plant 1 m from the O Kamen Stream in hilly evergreen forest, Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area (formerly part of Samling Logging Con- cession), O’Rang District, Mondolkiri Province, Cambodia (12.326° N, 107. 092° E), 500 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 262718, adult female, collected at 1820 hrs, on 1 November 2003 by BLS, K. Sok, and T. Neang. 

Conservation: one of the 30 most endangered viper species (Maritz et al. 2016). 
EtymologyRubeus, from Latin, meaning reddish, refers to the reddish eye colouration in both sexes, the presence of at least a partial red lateral stripe in males, and the bright and prominent red coloration on the tail, which differentiates it from other macrops group species. 
  • DAVID, PATRICK; GERNOT VOGEL & ALAIN DUBOIS 2011. On the need to follow rigorously the Rules of the Code for the subsequent designation of a nucleospecies (type species) for a nominal genus which lacked one: the case of the nominal genus Trimeresurus Lacépède, 1804 (Reptilia: Squamata: Viperidae). Zootaxa 2992: 1–51 - get paper here
  • Geissler, Peter, Truong Quang Nguyen, Nikolay A. Poyarkov & Wolfgang Böhme 2011. New records of snakes from Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai and Lam Dong provinces, southern Vietnam. Bonn zoological Bulletin 60 (1): 9-16 - get paper here
  • MALHOTRA, ANITA; ROGER S. THORPE, MRINALINI & BRYAN L. STUART 2011. Two new species of pitviper of the genus Cryptelytrops Cope 1860 (Squamata: Viperidae: Crotalinae) from Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 2757: 1–23 - get paper here
  • Maritz, Bryan; Johannes Penner, Marcio Martins, Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović, Stephen Spear, Laura R.V. Alencar, Jesús Sigala-Rodriguez, Kevin Messenger, Rulon W. Clark, Pritpal Soorae, Luca Luiselli, Chris Jenkins, Harry W. Greene 2016. Identifying global priorities for the conservation of vipers Biological Conservation, doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.004 - get paper here
  • Mrinalini, Roger S. Thorpe, Simon Creer, Delphine Lallias, Louise Dawnay, Bryan L. Stuart, Anita Malhotra 2015. Convergence of multiple markers and analysis methods defines the genetic distinctiveness of cryptic pitvipers Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution<br />92: 266–279; doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.06.001 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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