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Trimeresurus truongsonensis ORLOV, RYABOV, THANH & CUC, 2004

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Quang Binh pitviper
G: Quang Binh-Bambusotter 
SynonymTrimeresurus truongsonensis ORLOV, RYABOV, THANH & CUC 2004
Viridovipera truongsonensis — DAWSON et al. 2008
Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) truongsonensis — DAVID et al. 2011
Viridovipera truongsonensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 790
Viridovipera truongsonensis — GUO et al. 2018
Trimeresurus truongsonensis— RATHEE et al. 2022
Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) truongsonensis — MIRZA et al. 2023 
DistributionC Vietnam (May be more widely distributed in Quang Binh Province beyond the type locality and southwards to Quang Tri Prov.)

Type locality: Phong Nha, Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province, 600 m, Vietnam.  
TypesHolotype: ZISP 22931 

Characteristic features. Slender, small pitviper, with small, triangular head; 11 supralabials, with first supralabial clearly divided from large nasal; 13 infralabials, 167 ventrals, anal scale entire, 61 divided subcaudals, and 21 (dorsally keeled) scales across the midbody; about 72 dark bands on dorsum of neck, body and tail (from ZIEGLER et al. 2006).

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after the mountain range Truong Son (= Annamite mountains) where the species occurs. 
  • DAVID, PATRICK; GERNOT VOGEL & ALAIN DUBOIS 2011. On the need to follow rigorously the Rules of the Code for the subsequent designation of a nucleospecies (type species) for a nominal genus which lacked one: the case of the nominal genus Trimeresurus Lacépède, 1804 (Reptilia: Squamata: Viperidae). Zootaxa 2992: 1–51 - get paper here
  • Dawson, Karen; Anita Malhotra, Roger S. Thorpe, Peng Guo, Mrinalini and Thomas Ziegler 2008. Mitochondrial DNA analysis reveals a new member of the Asian pitviper genus Viridovipera (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49: 356-361 - get paper here
  • Guo, Peng; Qin Liu, Guanghui Zhong, Fei Zhu, Fang Yan, Ting Tang, Rong Xiao, Min Fang, Ping Wang and Xin Fu 2015. Cryptic diversity of green pitvipers in Yunnan, South-west China (Squamata, Viperidae). Amphibia-Reptilia 36 (3): 265 - 276 - 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
  • Nguyen, S.V., Ho, C.T. and Nguyen, T.Q. 2009. Herpetofauna of Vietnam. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 768 pp.
  • Orlov, N. L., S. A. Ryabov, B. N. Thanh & H Cuc, T. 2004. A new species of Trimeresurus (Ophidia: Viperidae: Crotalinae) from Karst region in Central Vietnam. Russ. J. Herpetol. 11 (2): 139-149 - get paper here
  • Rathee, Y. S., Purkayastha, J., Lalremsanga, H. T., Dalal, S., Biakzuala, L., Muansanga, L., & Mirza, Z. A. 2022. A new cryptic species of green pit viper of the genus Trimeresurus Lacépède, 1804 (Serpentes, Viperidae) from northeast India. PloS one, 17(5), e0268402 - 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.
  • Ziegler, Thomas; Annemarie Ohler; Vu Ngoc Thanh; Le Khac Quyet; Nguyen Xuan Thuan; Dinh Huy Tri & Bui Ngoc Thanh 2006. Review of the amphibian and reptile diversity of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park and adjacent areas, central Truong Son, Vietnam. Herpetologica Bonnensis II: 247-262 - get paper here
  • ZIEGLER, THOMAS; RALF HENDRIX, VU NGOC THANH, MARTINA VOGT, BERNHARD FORSTER & DANG NGOC KIEN 2007. The diversity of a snake community in a karst forest ecosystem in the central Truong Son, Vietnam, with an identification key. Zootaxa 1493: 1-40 - get paper here
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