A new species of reed snakes discovered in Kon Tum Province, Vietnam

In 2010, the International Year of Biodiversity, IUCN together with its members and partners want to see the biodiversity at the top of the global agenda, leading to stronger action from all sectors of society to safeguard the biodiversity (IUCN, 2010). During a six-month period, six new species and two new country records of reptiles and amphibians have been discovered in Vietnam. The most recent new species of the genus Calamaria was discovered at Kon Plong forest, Kon Tum Province. The holotype of the new species, Calamaria sangi Nguyen, Koch & Ziegler, 2010, was collected during the 2001 field work in Kon Tum Province funded by WWF Indochina. The new species was named after Dr. Nguyen Van Sang (Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Hanoi) in recognition of his lifetime’s work on Vietnamese herpetology in general and on snakes in particular.

The new species, Sang’s Reed Snake, is characterized by the following morphological characteristics: preocular present; supralabials 4; second and third supralabials entering orbit; maxillary teeth 9; infralabials 4–5; midbody scales in 13 rows; ventral scales 192; subcaudal scales 19, divided; tail relatively short (6.2% of total length); dorsum greyish-brown, with fine dark mottling; venter cream, with dark transverse bands and a dark longitudinal stripe below tail.


Sang’s Reed Snake Calamaria sangi. Photo: Thomas Ziegler


This is the third new species of Calamaria discovered in Vietnam in the past 15 years beside Gialai Reed Snake Calamaria gialaiensis Ziegler, Nguyen & Nguyen 2008 (type locality: Gia Lai Province) and Abramov’s Reed Snake Calamaria abramovi Orlov, 2009 (type locality: Kon Tum Province).




Source: VAST Website
Author: Nguyen Quang Truong
Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources


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