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Oligodon booliati LEONG & GRISMER, 2004

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymOligodon booliati LEONG & GRISMER 2004
Oligodon booliati — WALLACH et al. 2014: 484 
DistributionWest Malaysia (Pulau Tioman)

Type locality: primary forest along the Tekek-Juara trail, ca. 150 m elevation., Pulau Tioman (Pahang, Peninsular Malaysia).  
TypesHolotype: ZRC.2.5153, adult female, collected on the night of 16 July, 2001, at 2130 hrs by T. M. Leong and K. M. Crane. Paratypes: (1) BPBM 13933, subadult male, collected on 17 April 1962 by J. R. Hendrickson, at Ulu Lalang, ca. 700 m elevation and (2) ZMB 64446, adult female, collected in May 2001 by W. Grossmann and C. Scafer on the top of the Tekek-Juara Trail at 300 m elevation. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. - 6-7 upper labials, 2nd and 3 rd or 3rd and 4th touching eye, 7 lower labials, 17 mid-body scales, 143-153 ventrals, 54-60 subcaudals. Loreals present. Head scales without distinct patterns. No distinct stripe running through eye. In life, body deep maroon red dor- sally and along flanks, salmon pink on the ventrals and subcaudals. Ventrals without dark spots. Indistinct dark brown transverse bars (19-22) on body, starting from nape and fading increasingly towards tail. Thin, dark brown stripes on anterior sides of 5th and 6th upper labi- als, immediately posterior to eye. 
CommentKnown only from a few specimens. 
Etymologynamed in honor of Lim Boo Liat, of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Peninsular Malaysia), whose contributions to our better understanding of Malaysia's natural history dates back to the 1950's. 
  • Das, I. 2012. A Naturalist's Guide to the Snakes of South-East Asia: Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Bali. Oxford J, ohn Beaufoy Publishing - get paper here
  • Grismer, L.L. 2011. Amphibians and reptiles of the Seribuat Archipelago. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 239 pp.
  • Leong, Tzi Ming and L. Lee Grismer 2004. A new species of Kukri snake, Oligodon (Colubridae), from Pulau Tioman, West Malaysia. Asiatic Herpetological Research 10: 12-16 - get paper here
  • Subaraj, Serin 2016. Tioman Kukri Snake Oligodon booliati at Pulau Tioman, Peninsular Malaysia. SEAVR 2016: 142-143 - 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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