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Calamaria sangi TRUONG, KOCH & ZIEGLER, 2009

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Calamariinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Sang's reed snake
Vietnamese: Ran mai gam sang
French: Calamaire de Sang
German: Sangs Zwergschlange 
SynonymCalamaria sangi TRUONG, KOCH & ZIEGLER 2009
Calamaria sangi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 141 
DistributionVietnam (Kon Tum)

Type locality: Mang Canh Commune (14°41.950'N, 108°14.642'E), Kon Plong District, Kon Tum Province, Vietnam; 1,200 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR 360, an adult specimen (unknown gender) collected on 12 January 2001 by Nguyen Quang Truong and Andrei Kuznetsov. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis.- Calamaria sangi sp. nov. is distinguishable from congeneric species by having a combination of the following characters: 1) rostral wider than high; 2) paraparietal surrounded by five to six shields and scales; 3) eye diameter larger than eye-mouth distance; 4) preocular present; 5) four supralabials, second and third entering orbit; 6) maxillary teeth nine, modified; 7) infralabials four to five, first three touching anterior chin shields; 8) mental touching anterior chin shields; 9) ventrals 2 + 190; subcaudal scales 19, divided; 10) anal plate single; 11) tail relatively short (6.2% ofthe total length), as thick as body, not distinctly tapering, and ending in obtuse point; 12) dorsum greyish-brown, with fine dark mottling; 13) venter cream, with dark transverse bands and a dark longitudinal stripe below tail.
EtymologyEtymology.- Named sangi to honor Nguyen Van Sang (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam, in recognition of his lifework. 
  • David, P. & Vogel, G. 2010. Venomous Snakes of Europe, Northern, Central and Western Asia (TERRALOG 16) (English and German Edition). Edition Chimaira, Terralog 16, 160 pp. - get paper here
  • Nguen, Truong Q.; Koch, A. & Ziegler, T. 2009. A new species of reed snake, Calamaria Boie, 1827 (Squamata: Colubridae), from central Vietnam. Hamadryad 34 (1): 1-8
  • Poyarkov, Nikolay A.; Jr., Tan Van Nguyen, Nikolai L. Orlov, Gernot Vogel 2019. A New Species of the Genus Calamaria Boie, 1827 from the Highlands of the Langbian Plateau, Southern Vietnam (Squamata: Colubridae). Russ. J. Herpetol. 26 (6): 335-348 - 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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