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pdf 10. Comparison of skull morphology in nine Asian pit vipers (Serpentes: Crotalinae)


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pp. 305-313
Authors: Guo, Peng & Zhao, Er-Mi

Abstract: The relationships of nine Asian pit vipers are discussed using a comparison of skull morphology. Protobothrops xiangchengensis shares more characters with other Protobothrops species than with the other genera. It is morphologically distinct from P. mucrosquamatus. Zhaoermia mangshanensis shows many similarities with the members of the genus Protobothrops, supporting its close relationship with Protobothrops. Ovophis monticola is unique in several skull characters among the species examined. The relationships indicated by skull morphology between Viridovipera stejnegeri, V. yunnanensis and Cryptelytrops albolabris are consistent with their previous reclassification based on molecular results and hemipenial comparison.



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