Hujun PAN,Basundhara CHETTRI,Daode YANG,et al.A New Species of the Genus Protobothrops (Squamata: Viperidae) from Southern Tibet, China and Sikkim, India[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2013,4(2):109-115.[doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2013.00109]
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A New Species of the Genus Protobothrops (Squamata: Viperidae) from Southern Tibet, China and Sikkim, India
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Asian Herpetological Research[ISSN:2095-0357/CN:51-1735/Q]

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A New Species of the Genus Protobothrops (Squamata: Viperidae) from Southern Tibet, China and Sikkim, India
Hujun PAN15* Basundhara CHETTRI2* Daode YANG1 Ke JIANG3 Kai WANG4 Liang ZHANG5** and Gernot VOGEL6**
1 Institute of Wildlife Conservation, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Changsha 410004, Hunan, China.
2 School of Policy Planning and Studies, Sikkim University, Gangtok 737102, Sikkim, India.
3 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, and Yunnan Laboratory of Molecular Biology of Domestic Animals, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, China.
4 Washington State University, 99163 Pullman, Washington, USA
new species Protobothrops Viperidae Squamata Himalayan region
A new species of the genus Protobothrops Hoge & Romano-Hoge, 1983, was described from Jilong County, southern Tibet, China, and Chungthang, northern Sikkim, India. It differs from congeners by the following characters: 1) relatively large body size (total length up to 1510 mm); 2) dorsal scale rows 25–25–19; 3) except for the smooth outermost row, dorsal scales are weakly keeled; 4) relatively high number of ventral (198–216) and subcaudal (65–76 pairs) scales; 5) 7–8 supralabials; 6) 11 to 13 infralabials; 7) dorsal head uniform dark brown, laterally a reddish-brown obscure postocular streak; 8) dorsum of trunk and tail olive, with distinct black edged red brown transverse bands across the body and tail; and 9) eye from bright brown and reddish brown to mildly brown. The new species was also observed from the Haa Valley in western Bhutan.


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