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Gyiophis vorisi (MURPHY, 2007)

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Higher TaxaHomalopsidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Voris’ Mud Snake 
SynonymEnhydris vorisi MURPHY 2007
Enhydris vorisi — MURPHY 2007: 171
Enhydris vorisi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 273
Gyiophis vorisi — MURPHY & VORIS 2014: 273 

Type locality: Maubin, Ayeyarwady Division, Myanmar (about 16° 73’ N, 95° 65’ E).  
TypesHolotype: KU 92465; paratypes: BMNH, KU, MCZ 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: Two pairs of chin shields, 142 or more ventrals, dorsal pattern of stripes that are lateral and dorsal, and may break up into smaller spots. All of these traits separate it from G. maculosa, a species with which it has been long confused (n = 10; Murphy & Voris 2014: 12) 
EtymologyNamed after Harold Voris, curator of amphibians and reptiles at the Field Museum, Chicago. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Köhler G, Khaing KPP, Than NL, Baranski D, Schell T, Greve C, Janke A, Pauls SU 2021. A new genus and species of mud snake from Myanmar (Reptilia, Squamata, Homalopsidae). Zootaxa 4915 (3): 301-325
  • Murphy, J.C. & Voris, H.K. 2014. A Checklist and Key to the Homalopsid Snakes (Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes), with the Description of New Genera. FIELDIANA: LIFE AND EARTH SCIENCES (8): 1–43 - get paper here
  • Murphy, John C. 2007. A review of Enhydris maculosa (Blanford, 1879) and the description of a related species (Serpentes, Homalopsidae). Hamadryad 31 (2): 281-287 - get paper here
  • Murphy, John C. 2007. Homalopsid Snakes: Evolution in the Mud. Krieger Publishing, Malabar, Florida, 249 pp.
  • QUAH, EVAN S.H.; L. LEE GRISMER, PERRY L., JR. WOOD, MYINT KYAW THURA, THAW ZIN, HTET KYAW, NGWE LWIN, MARTA S. GRISMER, MATTHEW L. MURDOCH 2017. A new species of Mud Snake (Serpentes, Homalopsidae, Gyiophis Murphy & Voris, 2014) from Myanmar with a first molecular phylogenetic assessment of the genus. Zootaxa 4238 (4): 571–582 - 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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