Indo-Malayan mountain pit viper
In Thai: งูหางแฮ่มภูเขาใต้, ngu hang haem phukhao dtai
Binomial name: Ovophis convictus, Ferdinand Stoliczka, 1870
Ovophis monticola is a venomous pitviper species found in Asia. Currently, two subspecies are recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here. Recent taxonomic work suggests that most of these should be considered as separate species. IUCN has already evaluated O. m. makazayazaya as Ovophis makazayazaya.
Total length of males 49 cm (19¼ inches), of females 110 cm (43¼ inches); tail length of males 8 cm (3⅛ inches), of females 15 cm (5⅞ inches).
The head has a short snout, a little more than twice the length of the diameter of the eye. The crown is covered by small scales rather than large shields, while the scales are usually smooth, feebly imbricate. The first upper labial is not fused to the nasal and is completely separated by a suture. The supraoculars are large, 5-9 scales in a line between them. The internasals are usually not in contact with one another, separated by 2 small suprapostrostral scales. There are 7-10 upper labials, the second of which is usually fused to the scale bordering the facial sensory pit anteriorly. The fourth and fifth upper labials are beneath the eye, but separated from orbit by a series of 2-4 small scales.
The body is stout. The dorsal scales are smooth or weakly keeled, in 23-25, occasionally in 19 or 21 longitudinal rows at midbody. Ventral scales and subcaudals (Myanmar, northeastern India and adjacent areas of China and Thailand) 137-176 and 36-62 respectively, subcaudals mixed paired and single, occasionally all unpaired (ventrals and subcaudals for southern China, Vietnam, Laos: 127-144 and 36-54, and Malaysian Peninsula: 133-137 and 22-28 respectively ).
Mountain pitviper, mountain viper, Chinese pit viper, spotted pit viper, Arisan habu, mountain pit viper, Chinese mountain pit viper. Bengali name: পাহাড়ী বোড়া সাপ (Pahari boda sap).
Found in Asia in Nepal, India (Assam, Sikkim, Mizoram, Nagaland), Bangladesh (already stated on the subspecies table), Myanmar, China (Zhejiang, Fujian, Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet), Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, West Malaysia and Indonesia (Sumatra). The type locality is described as "Sikkim" (India).
|Subspecies||Taxon author||Common name||Geographic range|
|O. m. monticola||(Günther, 1864)||Mountain pitviper||Bangladesh (Chittagong Hill Tracts), China (Sichuan, Tibet Autonomous Region, Yunnan, India (Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal), Myanmar (Chin, Kachin and Shan) and Nepal.|
|O. m. makazayazaya||(Takahashi, 1922)||Taiwanese mountain pitviper||Taiwan(Majia, Pingtung, Chiayi Alishan), China(Southeast), Vietnam|
|O. m. zhaokentangi||Zhao, 1995||Gaoligong mountain pitviper||Goaligong Shan, north of Pianma, Lushui County, Yunnan Province, China.|
Little is known about the venom of this species but it is presumed to contain haemorrhagins and procoagulants. There has been one recorded fatality from the bite of this species.(another person from Meghalaya, India died in 2017 due to mountain pit viper bite).
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- Ovophis convictus
- German: Indo-Malaiische Berg-Grubenotter
- Indo-Malayan mountain pit viper
- Mountain pit viper
- Thai: งูหางแฮ่มภูเขาใต้, ngu hang haem phukhao dtai
- Ovophis convictus, Van Stanley Bartholomew Wallach et al. (2014)
- Ovophis convictus, Andreas Gumprecht & Peter van Issem (2013)
- Ovophis convictus, Patrick David & Gernot Vogel (2012)
- Ovophis convictus, Indraneil Das & Norsham S. Yaakob (2007)
- Ovophis monticola convictus, Andreas Gumprecht et al. (2004)
- Ovophis monticola convictus, Merel J. Cox et al. (1998)
- Ovophis convictus, Kenneth R. G. Welch (1994)
- Ovophis monticola convictus, P. Golay et al. (1993)
- Ovophis convictus, Hobart Muir Smith & David Alfred Chiszar (1988)
- Trimeresurus convictus, Konrad Klemmer (1963)
- Ovophis monticola tonkinensis nec Trimeresurus tonkinensis, René Léon Bourret (1934)
- Trimeresurus monticola (partim), Thomas Barbour (1912)
- Trimeresurus convictus, Ferdinand Stoliczka (1870)
- Lachesis monticola, Albert Charles Lewis Günther (1864)
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)