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Oligodon lipipengi JIANG, WANG, LI, DING, DING & CHE, 2020

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Medog Kukri Snake 
SynonymOligodon lipipengi JIANG, WANG, LI, DING, DING & CHE in CHE et al. 2020: 701 
DistributionChina (Tibet)

Type locality: Beibeng, Medog, Tibet (29.239° N, 95.176° E, 680 m elevation)  
TypesHolotype: KIZ 011055, adult male, collected on May 28, 2011, by Pipeng LI. Paratypes: KIZ011042, adult male, collected as same locality and date as holotype; KIZ019520, adult male, collected from the road of Didong to Xi.rang, Beibeng (29.183° N, 95.033° E, 810 m), Medog on April 17, 2016, by Ke JIANG, Yufan WANG, and Cheng LI; KIZ032540, adult male, collected from Dexing, Medog in June 2018, by Xiaoyong DING; holotype and above 3 paratypes are deposited in the Zoological Museum, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. SYNU04II6240, adult male, collected from Medog County in August 2004, by Dingqi RAO and Wenge ZHAO, deposited in henyang Normal University. CIB9894, adult female, collected from Beibeng, Medog on July 21, 1983, y Shengquan LI; CIB9895, adult female, collected from Medog in 1974, collector is unknown, above 2 paratypes are deposited in the Herpetological Museum, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: (1) size large (TOL 720 to 900 mm, n=6); (2) 11 maxillary teeth, the last four distinctly enlarged; (3) dorsal scale rows 19-19-15; (4) cloacal plate entire; (5) loreal single; (6) 7 supralabials, the third and fourth entering orbit; (7) 191-195 ventrals and 62-65 pairs ofsubcaudal in males (n=4), 198-200 ventrals and 49-52 pairs of subcaudal in females (n=2); (8) tail short, ratio TAL/TOL: 0.181-0.203 in males (n=4), 0.144-0.164 in females (n=2); (9) the background of dorsal side brown, with 23-24 oval, black-edged and dark brown blotches on body, and 4-5 butterfly-shaped blotches on the tail; (10) venter yellowish-white, heavily marked with dark grey blotches; and (11) hemipenis reaching in situ the 30th subcaudal, unforked, with two papillae (from Jiang et al. 2020: 702) 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Pipeng LI who collected the holotype of this species. 
  • Che J, Jiang K, Yan F, Zhang Y. 2020. Amphibians and Reptiles in Tibet––Diversity and Evolution. Science Press, Beijing, China. 803 pp
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