First Country Record of Opisthotropis maculosa Stuart et Chuaynkern, 2007 from Vietnam

Tan Van Nguyen, Truong Quang Nguyen, Cuong The Pham, Thomas Ziegler


Opisthotropis maculosa is recorded for the first time from Vietnam based on a single specimen from Hai Ha forest in Quang Ninh Province. Morphological characters of the Vietnamese specimen are also compared with those of the holotype from Thailand and recently collected specimens from China. This is the eighth species of the genus Opisthotropis known from Vietnam.


distribution; new record; taxonomy; Quang Ninh Province

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