Expanded Description of the Poorly Known Pitviper Trimeresurus kanburiensis Smith, 1943, with Confirmation of the Validity of Trimeresurus venustus Vogel, 1991 (Reptilia: Serpentes: Crotalidae

Patrick David, Gernot Vogel, Montri Sumontha, Olivier S. G. Pauwels, Lawan Chanhome


The description of the rare Thai species Trimeresurus kanburiensis Smith, 1943 is expanded on the basis of recently collected specimens. We provide a detailed comparison with Trimeresurus venustus, a species described from South Thailand and regarded by several authors as a synonym of Trimeresurus kanburiensis. The existence of 14 characters differentiating the populations referred to Trimeresurus kanburiensis from those regarded as Trimeresurus venustus definitely supports the validity of this latter species.


Reptilia; Serpentes; Crotalidae; Trimeresurus kanburiensis; Trimeresurus venustus; Thailand

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