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Published: 2021-07-06

A new species of Stoliczkia Jerdon, 1870 (Serpentes: Xenodermidae) from Mizoram, India

Systematics and Toxicology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004, Mizoram, India
Systematics and Toxicology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004, Mizoram, India
Systematics and Toxicology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004, Mizoram, India
Systematics and Toxicology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Mizoram University, Aizawl 796004, Mizoram, India
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK
Wildlife Institute of India, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK. Museum of Zoology (Museum für Tierkunde), Senckenberg Dresden, A. B. Meyer Building, 01109 Dresden, Germany
Reptilia Northeast India snakes Squamata systematics taxonomy

Abstract

We describe a new species of Stoliczkia from Mizoram, India. Stoliczkia vanhnuailianai sp. nov. is identified as a member of the genus Stoliczkia by distinct scale arrangements on the posterior of the head, and by scales on the body being separated by scaleless skin, and it differs from the two known congeners in body and head scalation. This is only the third specimen of Stoliczkia collected from India, and the sixth reported specimen for the genus. A revised key to the identification of the species of Stoliczkia is provided.

 

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How to Cite

LALRONUNGA, S. ., LALHMANGAIHA, K. ., ZOSANGLIANA, I. ., LALHMINGLIANI, E. ., GOWER, D. J. ., DAS, A. ., & DEEPAK, V. . (2021). A new species of <em>Stoliczkia</em> Jerdon, 1870 (Serpentes: Xenodermidae) from Mizoram, India. Zootaxa, 4996(3), 555–568. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4996.3.9