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Lycodon zoosvictoriae NEANG, HARTMANN, HUN, SOUTER & FUREY, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Zoos Victoria’s Wolf Snake 
SynonymLycodon zoosvictoriae NEANG, HARTMANN, HUN, SOUTER & FUREY 2014 
DistributionSW Cambodia (Pursat: Cardamom Mountains)

Type locality: N 12°09'22.0", E 102°59'18.7", 1,284 m elevation, in Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, Pursat Province, southwest Cambodia.  
TypesHolotype: CBC 02238, an adult female, collected by Thy Neang and Seiha Hun, 15 June 2013. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Lycodon zoosvictoriae sp. nov. is differentiated from all of its congeners by the following unique combination of morphological characters: ratio of TaL/SVL 0.27; temporals 2+2; maxillary teeth 9 (5 anterior and 4 posterior); supralabials 8; preoculars 1L/2R; postoculars 2; Lo-orbit contact absent; Lo-internasal contact absent; infralabials 10; DSR 17–17–15; ventral scales 213; subcaudal scale 85; anal plate entire; dorsal surface of head dark brown with pale tan brown on edges and between scales; irregularly scattered dark brown blotches on anterior dorsum, 31 regular dark brown transverse blotches on posterior dorsum and 26 on tail; color of blotches dark brown; body coloration light tan brown; dorsal scale weakly keeled; venter coloration white with dark pigments or spots. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet zoosvictoriae refers to “Zoos Victoria” – the Zoological Parks and Gardens Board of the southeastern Australian State of Victoria. “Zoos Victoria” has funded the Cardamom Mountains Research Group in collaboration with the Cambodian Ministry of Environment and Fauna & Flora International since 2006. Their support has built the capacity of Cambodian researchers and conservationists and greatly improved understanding of Cambodian herpetofauna. 
  • Janssen HY, Pham CT, Ngo HT, Le MD, Nguyen TQ, Ziegler T 2019. A new species of Lycodon Boie, 1826 (Serpentes, Colubridae) from northern Vietnam. ZooKeys 875: 1-29 - get paper here
  • Kwet, Axel 2014. Neue Wolfszahnnatter aus Kambodscha. Terraria-Elaphe 2014 (6): 57 - get paper here
  • NEANG, THY; TIMO HARTMANN, SEIHA HUN, NICHOLAS J. SOUTER & NEIL M. FUREY 2014. A new species of wolf snake (Colubridae: Lycodon Fitzinger, 1826) from Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3814 (1): 068–080 - get paper here
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