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Trimeresurus sichuanensis (GUO & WANG, 2011)

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSichuan pitviper 
SynonymSinovipera sichuanensis GUO & WANG 2011
Trimeresurus (Sinovipera) sichuanensis — DAVID et al. 2011
Sinovipera sichuanensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 678 
DistributionChina (Sichuan)

Type locality: Hejiang County, Sichuan Province, China Map legend:
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Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: YBU 071077, an adult female (Figs. 3–4). It was collected near a small river in the forest by a local farmer at an elevation of 1000 m above sea level in August 2007. The specimen is deposited in Yibin University. 
CommentType species: Sinovipera sichuanensis is the type species of the genus Sinovipera GUO & WANG 2011.

Diagnosis (genus and species): A genus of Asian pitviper within Trimeresurus (sensu lato) having the following combination of characters: (1) the first supralabial completely separated from the nasal; (2) a uniform green dorsum without postocular streak and ventrolateral stripes in females; (3) eyes deep red in females; (4) tail prehensile, its end rusty red in upper part; (5) large body size, with the maximum total length exceeding 1000 mm in females. 
EtymologyThe generic nomen Sinovipera is derived from the modern Latin adjective sinicus (a, um), based on the noun Sina (-ae), “China”, and the Latin noun Vipera (-ae), meaning '“a viper”. the species eptithet refers to the type locality in Sichuan Province. 
References
  • 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
  • Gumprecht, Andreas 2012. Aktuelles zur Taxonomie und Systematik asiatischer Grubenottern. Terraria Elaphe 2012 (1): 52-61
  • GUO, PENG; & YUEZHAO WANG 2011. A new genus and species of cryptic Asian green pitviper (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae) from southwest China. Zootaxa 2918: 1–14 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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