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Pareas vindumi VOGEL, 2015

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Higher TaxaPareidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Vindum’s Slug Eater
G: Vindums Schneckenfresser 
SynonymPareas vindumi VOGEL 2015 
DistributionN Myanmar (Kachin)

Type locality: Chipwi Township, Lukpwi village (25°42'41.7996"N, 98°19' 22.7994"E, 1890 m elevation), Kachin State, Myanmar.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 248147 (field number CAS-MHS-28983); adult female (527 mm SVL), coll. M. Hlaing, S. L. Oo, Z. H. Aung, K. S. Lwin, and Y. M. Win, 28 July 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Pareas characterized by a large size (in the single known specimen 657 mm); loreal widely touching orbit; vertebral scales smooth and not enlarged; dorsal scales smooth; 178 ventrals in the single known female, males unknown; 61 subcaudals in the single known female; relative TL 0.198 in the single known female; 6 supralabials with SL 3–4 touching the subocular; 6 infralabials, first ones touching behind the mental shield; no pre- or postocular, one presubocular; 2 anterior temporals; body pattern uniform and no markings on the head, no collar. The new species can be diagnosed by its large size, low number of supralabials and infralabials, and unusual uniform pattern for this genus.
CommentAbundance: known only from the holotype.

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyThis species is named in honour of Jens Vindum (CAS, San Francisco, USA), for his enormous contributions to the CAS expeditions to Myanmar 
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Vogel, G. 2015. A New Montane Species of the Genus Pareas Wagler, 1830 (Squamata: Pareatidae) from Northern Myanmar. Taprobanica 7 (1): 1-7 - get paper here
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