You are here » home advanced search search results Trimeresurus phuketensis

Trimeresurus phuketensis SUMONTHA, KUNYA, PAUWELS, NITIKUL & PUNNADEE, 2011

Can you confirm these amateur observations of Trimeresurus phuketensis?

Add your own observation of
Trimeresurus phuketensis »

We have no photos, try to find some by Google images search: Google images

Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Phuket Pitviper
Thai: Ngoo Kheeow Hang Mai Phuket
F: Triméré- sure de Phuket
G: Phuket Bambusotter 
SynonymTrimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis SUMONTHA, KUNYA, PAUWELS, NITIKUL & PUNNADEE 2011
Popeia phuketensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 575
Trimeresurus pukhetensis — DAVID & VOGEL 2015 (in error)
Trimeresurus phuketensis — MULCAHY et al. 2017
Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis— MIRZA et al. 2023 
DistributionSW Thailand (Phuket Island)

Type locality: Ban Bangrong, Thalang District, Phuket Island, Phuket Province, southwestern Thailand  
TypesHolotype: THNHM 15905 (formerly MS 390), adult male. Collected by Kirati Kunya on 5 October 2009. Paratypes (9). CUMZ R 2009.6.24-7 (formerly MS 397), adult male, 11 June 2008, same locality as holo- type. PSUZC RT 2010.51 (formerly MS 405), juvenile male, and KZM 005, adult female, 5 October 2009, same locality as holotype. QSMI 1161 (formerly MS 375), KZM 004 (formerly MS 418), juvenile males; THNHM 15906 (formerly MS 155), CUMZ R 2009.6.24-8 (for- merly MS 158), KUMZ Rep-000317 (formerly MS 392), QSMI 1162 (formerly MS 419), juvenile females; all captive born on 5 March 2009 from a pair of snakes col- lected in June 2008 from the same locality as holotype. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of the genus Trimeresurus Lacepède, 1804, subgenus Popeia Malhotra and Thorpe, 2004, characterized by (1) hemipenes long, reaching in situ at least the 25th SC, without spines; (2) 1st supralabial distinct from nasal; (3) 23 – 25 DSR around neck about one HL behind head; (4) 21 MSR, keeled; (5) overall col- oration green with reddish-brown crossbands in both males and females; (6) presence of a postocular streak, reddish brown in its wide upper part and white in its nar- row lower part, in both males and females; (7) thin, white (above) and red (below) ventrolateral stripe in males, light green (above) and red (below) ventrolateral stripe in females; (8) rather long tail with a ratio TaLGTL between 0.19 and 0.23 in males and between 0.17 and 0.18 in females; (9) occipital scales smooth or weakly keeled; and (10) temporal scales large, as large as posterior temporals. 

Habitat: fully arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is an adjective in reference to the type locality, Phuket Island. 
  • 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
  • David, P. & Vogel, G. 2015. An updated list of Asian pitvipers and a selection of recent publications, in: Visser: Asian Pitvipers. Breeding Experience & Wildlife. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main, 571pp. ISBN 978-3-89973-450-8 - get paper here
  • Gumprecht, Andreas 2012. Aktuelles zur Taxonomie und Systematik asiatischer Grubenottern. Terraria-Elaphe 2012 (1): 52-61 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Mirza ZA, H. T. Lalremsanga, Bhosale H, Gowande G, Patel H, Idiatullina SS, Poyarkov NA 2023. Systematics of Trimeresurus popeiorum Smith, 1937 with a revised molecular phylogeny of Asian pitvipers of the genus Trimeresurus Lacépède, 1804 sensu lato. Evolutionary Systematics 7(1): 91-104 - get paper here
  • MULCAHY, DANIEL G.; JUSTIN L. LEE, ARYEH H. MILLER, GEORGE R. ZUG 2017. Troublesome Trimes: Potential cryptic speciation of the Trimeresurus (Popeia) popeiorum complex (Serpentes: Crotalidae) around the Isthmus of Kra (Myanmar and Thailand). . Zootaxa 4347 (2): 301-315 - get paper here
  • Sumontha,M., Kunya,K., S. G. Pauwels,O., Nitikul,A., and Punnadee,S. 2011. Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis, a New Pitviper (Squamata: Viperidae) from Phuket Island, Southwestern Thailand. Russ. J. Herpetol. 18 (3): 11-17 - get paper here
  • VAN ISSEM, P. 2022. Trimeresurus phuketensis Sumontha, Kunya, Pauwels, Nitikul & Punnadee, 2011 – Phuket-Bambusotter, Phuket Pitviper. Sauria 44 (1): 2 - 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.
External links  
Is it interesting? Share with others:

As link to this species use URL address:

without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.

Please submit feedback about this entry to the curator