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Trimeresurus Salazar: New Species of green pit viper found

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  • April 18, 2020
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Trimeresurus Salazar: New Species of green pit viper found

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity

In News:

  • A new species of green pit viper has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently which was named Trimeresurus Salazar.
  • It has been collected from the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Pakke-Kessang district in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Important value additions:

Trimeresurus Salazar – Green pit viper

  • Green pit viper is a common name for several venomous snakes and may refer to:
    • Trimeresurus albolabris (native to southeastern Asia from India to China and Indonesia)
    • Trimeresurus macrops (native to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)
    • Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (endemic to Sri Lanka)
    • And, now, newly discovered Trimeresurus Salazar (Arunachal Pradesh)
  • Salazar’s pit viper belongs to the genus Trimeresurus Lacépède.
  • They are morphologically and ecologically diverse species.
  • They are distinguished by their heat-sensing pit organs between the eye and the nostril.
  • IUCN status of Trimeresurus Salazar: yet to be known.
Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 18th April 2020

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