Red River krait | Bungarus slowinskii
Kuch, Kizirian, Nguyen, Lawson, Donnelly & Mebs 2005
We describe a new species of krait (Elapidae: Bungarus) from the Red River drainage in northern Vietnam. The new species differs from all congeners except its sister species Bungarus bungaroides by the combination of divided subcaudals, dorsal scales arranged in 15 rows, black and white rings on body and tail, and in color pattern of the head as well as hemipenis morphology. The new species differs from B. bungaroides, a distantly allopatric species ranging from eastern Nepal to northern Myanmar, in molecular characters and color pattern. We propose a vicariance hypothesis in which speciation coincided with the uplift of intervening mountain ranges in southwestern Yunnan (China) and/or Late Tertiary glaciations.
Etymology: Named after Joseph Bruno Slowinski (1963-2001), American herpetologist, who died from snakebite at age 38. For an obituary see Donnelly & Crother 2003. For more biographical details see James (2008).
Vol 18, No 4 (2011)
Published December 25, 2011.
Cover photograph: Bungarus slowinskii, Ban Cup, Huong Lap, Bang Huong Hoa Nature Reserve, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam, 400 m a.s.l. elevation, 04.05.2005. Photo by Nikolai L. Orlov.
Kuch, U., D: Kizirian, Q.T. Nguyen, R. Lawson, M.A. Donnelly, & D. Mebs. 2005. A new species of krait (Squamata: Elapidae) from the Red River System of Nothern Vietnam. Copeia 2005(4): 818-833.
Kharin, Vladimir E.;Nikolai L. Orlov, Natalia B. Ananjeva .2011. New Records and Redescription of Rare and Little-Known Elapid Snake Bungarus slowinskii (Serpentes: Elapidae: Bungarinae) Russian Journal of Herpetology 18 (4): 284–294.
The present paper contains the redescription of rare and little-known species of the family Elapidae, Bungarus slowinskii, previously known only from holotype and paratype found in Na Hau Commune, Van Yen District, Yen Bai Province, and Nam Tha River, Nam Tha Commune, Van Ban District, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. Redescription includes data on osteology and craniology and describes new records in Vietnam and Laos.
Keywords: Bungarus genus, Bungarus slowinskii, new records, redescription, craniology, osteology, Vietnam, Laos.
Even today, he pays tribute as Karl P. Schmidt, in the naming of new species such Bungarus slowinskii (2005), Cyrtodactylus slowinskii (2002) and Pantherophis slowinskii (2002)