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30 December 2008 A New Reed Snake of the Genus Calamaria Boie (Squamata: Colubridae) from Vietnam
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We describe a new species of Calamaria Boie on the basis of a single specimen collected in broadleaved evergreen forest from Gia Lai Province, Central Vietnam. This is a large species (total length of the unique male 457 mm) characterized by rostral wider than high, with portion visible from above more than half of prefrontal suture; paraparietal surrounded by five shields and scales; presence of preocular; four supralabials, of which second and third entering orbit; modified maxillary teeth; five infralabials, of which first three are in contact with anterior chin shield; mental touching anterior chin shields; 3 191 ventrals, single anal scale; 23 divided subcaudal scales; tail relatively short, as thick as body, not tapering, with rounded end (8.1% of the total length); dorsum light greyish brown, with an indistinct dark neck collar and few dark blotches along posterior vertebral region; two pairs of light blotches on tail; venter yellowish beige, with dark outermost corners in each of ventrals and anterior subcaudals. A key to the Vietnamese and Chinese species of Calamaria is provided. Calamaria gialaiensis sp. nov. is the sixth species of Calamaria recorded from Vietnam.

Thomas Ziegler, Nguyen Van Sang, and Nguyen Quang Truong "A New Reed Snake of the Genus Calamaria Boie (Squamata: Colubridae) from Vietnam," Current Herpetology 27(2), 71-80, (30 December 2008).
Accepted: 1 June 2008; Published: 30 December 2008

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