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  • Bharat Jethva
    Sorry for cross posting,For some it may be interesting ! Best wishesBharat Jethva ... From: ashish fernandes Subject: new vipers
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      Sorry for cross posting,
      For some it may be interesting !

      Best wishes
      Bharat Jethva
      --- On Fri, 1/4/11, ashish fernandes <ashish.fernandes@...> wrote:

      From: ashish fernandes <ashish.fernandes@...>
      Subject: new vipers discovered in Asia's rainforests
      To: nathistory-india@...
      Date: Friday, 1 April, 2011, 12:38 PM

      the pic is worth looking at!


      Researchers have discovered two new species of pitviper in Southeast
      Asia. After collecting snakes throughout the Asian tropics—Thailand,
      Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia—researchers were able to parse out a more
      complex set of species than had been recognized. One of the new vipers
      has been dubbed Cryptelytrops rubeus for its ruby-colored eyes.

      Over 12 years of work researchers conducted genetic tests, looked at
      physical differences, and then geographical separations of various
      viper populations that were all considered big-eyed pitviper
      (Cryptelytrops macrops). Out of the various population two new
      distinct species have been described: Cryptelytrops rubeus and
      Cryptelytrops cardamomensis.

      "They are genetically distinct at mitochondrial and multiple nuclear
      genetic markers, and are geographically separated, occupying different
      mountainous areas […] There are some superficial differences involving
      the color of the eye, the presence and width of lateral stripes on the
      head and body and so on, but they are quite subtle," co-author Anita
      Malhotra, a molecular ecologist at Bangor University, explained to

      Although little more is known about the behavior or status of the
      species in the wild, Malhotra says it is possible they are threatened.

      "Depending on the species, the main threats are habitat destruction,
      and over-collecting (the vast majority of the latter is for
      traditional medicinal use, in some cases also for other purposes such
      as leather and the captive trade)," she told mongabay.com

      Each of these pitviper species are poisonous and dangerous, although a
      bite is not usually fatal to humans.

      The paper will appear in Zootaxa.

      CITATION: Malhotra, A., R. S. Thorpe, Mrinalini and B. L. Stuart.
      2011. Two new species of pitviper of the genus Cryptelytrops Cope 1860
      (Squamata: Viperidae: Crotalinae) from Southeast Asia. Zootaxa 2757:

      Ashish Fernandes

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