Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis, a New Pitviper (Squamata: Viperidae) from Phuket Island, Southwestern Thailand

Montri Sumontha, Kirati Kunya, Olivier S. G. Pauwels, Awat Nitikul, Suwit Punnadee

Abstract


A new species of pitviper, Trimeresurus (Popeia) phuketensis sp. nov., is described from Phuket Island, southwestern Thailand. Males of the new species are most similar to males of Trimeresurus (P.) fucatus of the Thai-Malay Peninsula and of T. (P.) buniana of Tioman Island in color pattern, but male pattern is however clearly distinct, and females of the new species show a bicolor postorbital streak and a bicolor ventrolateral stripe that are unique among all Popeia species.


Keywords


Trimeresurus phuketensis; Popeia; new species; Phuket Island; Thailand

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30906/1026-2296-2019-18-%25s-185-194

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