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Hebius sangzhiensis ZHOU, QI, LU, LYU, WANG, LI & MA, 2019

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Sangzhi Keelback Snake
Chinese: 桑植腹链蛇 (sâng zhí fù liàn shé) 
SynonymHebius sangzhiensis ZHOU, QI, LU, LYU & LI in ZHOU et al. 2019 
DistributionChina (Hunan)

Type locality: Sangzhi County, Hunan Province, China, ca. 110°07’ E, 29°47’ N, 1,430 m elevation.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype. 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). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. 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. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet sangzhiensis refers to the type locality, Sangzhi County, Hunan Province, China. 
References
  • Wang, Kai; Jinlong Ren, Hongman Chen, Zhitong Lyu, Xianguang Guo Ke Jiang, Jinmin Chen, Jiatang Li, Peng Guo, Yingyong Wang, Jing Che 2020. The updated checklists of amphibians and reptiles of China. Biodiversity Science 28 (2): 189-218 - get paper here
  • ZHOU, ZHENGYAN; ZHIYONG SUN, SHUO QI, YUYAN LU, ZHITONG LYU, YINGYONG WANG, PIPENG LI, JIANZHANG MA 2019. A new species of the genus Hebius (Squamata: Colubridae: Natricinae) from Hunan Province, China. Zootaxa 4674 (1): 068–082 - get paper here
 
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