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Boiga guangxiensis WEN, 1998

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesChinese: 广西林蛇 
SynonymBoiga guangxiensis WEN 1998
Boiga guangxiensis — ZIEGLER et al. 2006
Boiga guangxinensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 104 (in error) 
DistributionChina (Yunnan), Vietnam (Lao Cai [Coc San, Cao Bang [Nguyen Binh], Lang Son [Mau Son, Huu Lung], Thai Nguyen [Ky Phu], Vinh Phuc [Tam Dao], Bac Giang [Luc Nam], Quang Binh [Phong Nha-Ke Bang], Kon Tum [Kon Plong], Gia Lai [Tram Lap], Lam Dong [Da Teh], Tay Ninh [Tay Ninh] and Dong Nai [Bien Hoa], Dak Lak), Laos

Type locality: Longgang Nature Reserve, Longzhou City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.  
TypesHolotype: GMU 82020 (Guangxi Medical University) 
CommentAccording to Orlov et al. (2003) very common in North Vietnam (“Tonkin and Annam mountains”), but rarer in South Vietnam.

Distribution: possibly in Yunnan (China) but records from there are questionable (Wang et al. 2022).

Behavior: nocturnal.

Characteristic features. One loreal, two postoculars, and 2-3 anterior and three posterior temporals; eight supralabials (3-5 in contact with the eye), 11-12 infralabials, and 21 (dorsally smooth) scales across the midbody; 265 ventral scales and 144 divided subcaudal scales; remarkable are the anal plate, that is entire but with a median fold, and 1-2 preoculars (on the left side, two preoculars are present; on the right side the suture between “both scales” is not complete), with uppermost reaching top of head, but not touching frontal [fide ZIEGLER et al. 2006].

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
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  • Hodges, Cameron Wesley; Evan D. Amber, Colin Thomas Strine 2018. Boiga guangxiensis Wen, 1998 (Serpentes: Colubridae) feeding on Draco blanfordii in Yunnan, China. Herpetology Notes 11: 981-984 - get paper here
  • Luu, V. Q., Dinh, T. S., Lo, O. V., Nguyen, T. Q. and Ziegler, T. 2020. New records and an updated list of reptiles from Ba Vi National Park, Vietnam. Bonn Zoological Bulletin 69: 1-9.
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  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, Nikolai L. and Sergei A. Ryabov 2002. A new species of the genus Boiga (Serpentes, Colubridae, Colubrinae) from Tanahjampea Island and description of "black form" of Boiga cynodon Complex from Sumatra (Indonesia). Russ. J. Herpetol. 9 (1): 33-56 - get paper here
  • Orlov, Nikolai L.; Sergei V. Kudryavtzev; Sergei A. Ryabov, and Oleg V. Shumakov 2003. A NEW SPECIES OF GENUS Boiga (SERPENTES: COLUBRIDAE: COLUBRINAE) AND COLOR ATLAS OF BOIGAS FROM BENGKULU PROVINCE (SUMATRA, INDONESIA). Russ. J. Herpetol. 10 (1): 31-52 - get paper here
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  • ZIEGLER, THOMAS; RALF HENDRIX, VU NGOC THANH, MARTINA VOGT, BERNHARD FORSTER & DANG NGOC KIEN 2007. The diversity of a snake community in a karst forest ecosystem in the central Truong Son, Vietnam, with an identification key. Zootaxa 1493: 1-40 - get paper here
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