Hebius sangzhiensis ZHOU, QI, LU, LYU, WANG, LI & MA, 2019
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Hebius sangzhiensis?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Sangzhi Keelback Snake|
Chinese: 桑植腹链蛇 (sâng zhí fù liàn shé)
|Synonym||Hebius sangzhiensis ZHOU, QI, LU, LYU & LI in ZHOU et al. 2019|
Type locality: Sangzhi County, Hunan Province, China, ca. 110°07’ E, 29°47’ N, 1,430 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype. SYNU 08070350, adult male, collected by Zheng-Yan Zhou and Shi-Yang Mi on 28 July 2008, deposited in the Institute of Herpe- tology, Shenyang Normal University (SYNU).|
Paratype. Two specimens, SYNU 08070349, adult female, the same information as the holotype; SYS r001397, adult male, from Mt. Tianping, Badagongshan National Nature Reserve, Sangzhi County, Hunan Province, China, ca.110°05’ E, 29°47’ N, 1,420 m a.s.l., collected by Yu-Long Li on 1 September 2015, deposited in the Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University (SYS).
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A species of the genus Hebius, characterized by a combination of the following characters: (1) tail long, approximately 25% of the total length; (2) DSR 19-19-17, vertebral scales enlarged, smooth, 2nd–10th rows distinctly keeled; (3) anterior temporals 2, preocular 1, postoculars 3; (4) ventrals 160–164; (5) internasals narrowed anteriorly; (6) a pair of occipital spots and a pale postparietal streak; (7) a pale brown or beige dorsolateral stripe on the 4th–6th scale rows; (8) ventral scales brick-red at their outer border, with a row of well-defined dark blotches; (9) maxillary teeth 21, gradually enlarged, followed by 2 moderately enlarged posterior teeth, without diastema; (10) nostrils lateral.|
Comparisons. See Zhou et al. 2019: 78-79 for a detailed list of comparisons.
|Etymology||The specific epithet sangzhiensis refers to the type locality, Sangzhi County, Hunan Province, China.|