Trimeresurus karanshahi

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Trimeresurus karanshahi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Crotalinae
Genus: Trimeresurus
Species: T. karanshahi
Binomial name
Trimeresurus karanshahi
Orlov & Helfenberger, 1997
  • Trimeresurus tibetanus Huang, 1982[1]
  • Trimeresurus karanshahi Orlov & Helfenberger, 1997[2]
  • Himalayophis karanshahi
    — Malhotra & Thorpe, 2004
  • Trimeresurus (Himalayophis) tibetanus — David et al., 2011[1]
Common names: (Shah's Bamboo Pitviper).

Trimeresurus karanshahi is a venomous pit viper species described from central Nepal in the Himalayas. No subspecies are currently recognized.[3] More recent work has found that this species is a synonym of Trimeresurus tibetanus, and the latter name has priority and is therefore the correct one to use[4]


The specific name, karanshahi, is in honor of Mr. Karan Bahadur Shah, Professor of Herpetology and Mammalogy at Tribhuvan University in Nepal.[5][6]

Geographic range[edit]

Known only from the type locality given, which is "Central Nepal, Bagmati Province, Godavari village" (in the Himalayas).[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Trimeresurus tibetanus ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  3. ^ "Trimeresurus karanshahi". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 28 July 2008. 
  4. ^ Tillack F, Lorenz M, Orlov NL, Helfenberger N, Shah KB, Eckert W. (2003). Shah's Grubenotter Trimeresurus karanshahi Orlov & Helfenberger, 1997 – ein Juniorsynonym von Trimeresurus tibetanus Huang, 1982 (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae), mit Angaben zur Verbreitung, Biologie und der Vorstellung neuer Farbvarianten aus Zentral-Nepal. [Shah´s bamboo pitviper, Trimeresurus karanshahi Orlov & Helfenberger, 1997 – a junior synonym of Trimeresurus tibetanus Huang, 1982 (Serpentes: Viperidae: Crotalinae), with notes on the distribution, biology, and the introduction of new colour varieties from Central Nepal]. Sauria, Berlin 25 (2): 3-15.
  5. ^ Natural History Museum Tribhuvan University.
  6. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Trimeresurus karanshahi, p. 138).

Further reading[edit]

  • Huang ZY. 1982. [A New Species of Crotalid Snake from Tibet] (in Chinese). Fudan Journal (Natural Science) 21 (1): 116-118. (Trimeresurus tibetanus, new species).
  • Orlov N, Helfenberger N. 1998. New mountain species of Trimeresurus (Serpentes, Viperidae, Crotalinae) of the "green" pit vipers group from the Himalayas. Russian Journal of Herpetology 4 (2): 195-197. (Trimeresurus karanshahi, new species).

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