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Higher TaxaXenodermidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
Fimbrios smithi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 297 
DistributionVietnam (Quang Binh province)

Type locality: Phong Nha—Ke Bang National Park, Cha Noi region, Quang Binh province, central Vietnam, elevation of ca. 350 m above sea level.  
TypesHolotype: IEBR 3157, an adult male, from , collected by Doan Van Kien and Nguyen Van Hoan on 15 May 2005. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of the genus Fimbrios, characterized by a combination of the following characters: 1) rostral, mental and first three to four labials with raised, everted edges; 2) rostral separated from the internasals by a horizontal ridge of tissue; 3) suture between the internasals longer than that between the prefrontals; 4) a single pair of enlarged chin shields; 5) one large loreal, that extends from the nasal to the eye; 6) one preocular, one supraocular, two postoculars, and two suboculars; 7) 31 rows of keeled scales at midbody (those of the outer row enlarged); 8) 193 laterally rounded ventrals; 9) 72 unpaired subcaudals; 10) a total length of at least 440 mm in males (with a tail length of 94 mm, and a tail / total length ratio of 0.214); 11) dorsum greyish brown; with a paler flank area, and pale blotches and stripes at the neck region.
CommentHas been initially confused with Achalinus rufescens. 
EtymologyNamed after Malcolm A. Smith (1875-1958), British physician and herpetologist. See Tennison et al. 1959 for a biography and bibliography. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Tenison, W. P. C., A. d'A Bellairs and R. H. Ahrenfeldt. 1959. Obituary: Dr. Malcolm Arthur Smith F.L.S., F.Z.S.; Malcolm Smith's contribution to herpetology; and Bibliography of the works of Malcolm Arthur Smith. British Journal of Herpetology 2 (8): 136-142
  • 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.
  • Ziegler, T.; David, P.; Miralles, A. van Kien, D. & Truong, N.Q.q 2008. A new species of the snake genus Fimbrios from Phong Nha—Ke Bang National Park, Truong Son, central Vietnam (Squamata: Xenodermatidae). Zootaxa 1729: 37–48 - get paper here
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