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Oligodon moricei DAVID, VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN, 2008

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymOligodon moricei DAVID, VOGEL & VAN ROOIJEN 2008
Oligodon moricei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 500 
DistributionS Vietnam

Type locality: “Nha-Trang, Annam”, now Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1919.0137 (adult female). Collected by Mr. Krempf 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A species of the genus Oligodon, characterized by (1) 17 dorsal scale rows at midbody, 15 before vent; (2) 12 maxillary teeth, the last two strongly enlarged; (3) anal plate single; (4) a high number of ventral scales, reaching at least 175; (5) head scalation complete, without presubocular; (7) 8 supralabials; (8) a strong dorsal pattern, with body scales dark greyish-brown strongly edged with black producing a distinct reticulate pattern, a broad, rusty-brown vertebral stripe edged on each side with a broad continuous black stripe; (9) no dorsolateral stripes; (10) only 4 major blotches on upper head surface: one frontal, one large, subrectangular blotch on each parietal, and an inverted U-shaped nuchal marking across the neck; and (11) a largely dark brown venter. This species can be recognized by the combination of the conspicuous vertebral and paravertebral stripes, the overall dark colour, 17 dorsal scale rows and a high number of ventrals. Comparisons with other species of the taeniatus-group appear below in the Discussion [DAVID et al. 2008]. 
EtymologyDAVID et al. (2008) named this species in honour of the French naval physician, traveller, ethnographer and naturalist Dr. (Jean Claude) Albert Morice (28 May 1848–18 October 1877). He was on duty in Saigon, now Ho Chi Minh City, during two stays in 1872–1874 and 1875–1877. Morice wrote a general account on his travels in Cochinchina, at present southern Vietnam, with a strong emphasis on the people and the area’s wildlife (Morice, 1875; reprinted and translated in 1997), various medical papers, and published the first detailed memoir on the fauna of this region (Morice, 1875). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • David, P.; Vogel, G. & van Rooijen, J. 2008. A revision of the Oligodon taeniatus (Günther, 1861) group (Squamata: Colubridae) , with the description of three new species from the Indochinese Region. Zootaxa 1965: 1–49 - get paper here
  • DAVID, PATRICK; TRUONG QUANG NGUYEN, TAO THIEN NGUYEN, KE JIANG, TIANBO CHEN, ALEXANDRE TEYNIÉ & THOMAS ZIEGLER 2012. A new species of the genus Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826 (Squamata: Colubridae) from northern Vietnam, southern China and central Laos. Zootaxa 3498: 45–62 - get paper here
  • NEANG, THY; L. LEE GRISMER & JENNIFER C. DALTRY 2012. A new species of kukri snake (Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary, Cardamom Mountains, southwest Cambodia. Zootaxa 3388: 41–55 - get paper here
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • NGUYEN, SANG NGOC; VU DANG HOANG NGUYEN, SON HONG LE, ROBERT W. MURPHY 2016. A new species of kukri snake (Squamata: Colubridae: Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826) from Con Dao Islands, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 4139 (2): 261–273 - get paper here
  • VASSILIEVA, ANNA B.; PETER GEISSLER, EDUARD A. GALOYAN, NIKOLAY Jr A. POYARKOV, ROBERT WAYNE VAN DEVENDER, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2013. A new species of Kukri Snake (Oligodon Fitzinger, 1826; Squamata: Colubridae) from the Cat Tien National Park, southern Vietnam. Zootaxa 3702 (3): 233–246 - 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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