Monday, December 15, 2014

Breaking News:New species of pit viper in Sumatra

In Sumatra, a new species of pit viper was discovered recently. This species has been christened
Trimeresurus sumatranus and it's been confused frequently with Trimeresurus hageni because they have similar coloration and are rather similar species, being large, green pit vipers found in the lower elevations of Sumatra. The main reason that they've been confused with each other was because the British Museum of Natural History only had one young specimen that shared the same green color as T. hageni. (I'm sorry about my usage of scientific names, but, being a newly discovered snake, T. sumatranus doesn't yet have a common name.)

Image of T. sumatranus, from Wikipedia.

Vogel, Gernot, David, Patrick, Sidik, Irvan. "On Trimeresurus sumatranus (Raffles, 1822), with the designation of a neotype and the description of a new species of pitviper from Sumatra (Squamata: Viperidae: Crotalinae)" Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 8(2) [General Issue] 1-29.

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