Novel Specie of pit-viper Found

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Novel Specie of pit-viper Found

Novel specie of pit-viper has been found, whose description has been provided in the journal ZooKeys. The specie, which has been named as Bothriechis guifarroi was found in the cloud forest of Honduras.

It has been said that the specie was named Bothriechis guifarroi to honor Mario Guifarrom, a conservationist. The newly found species are said to be living in Texiguat Wildlife Refuge.

It has been said that the snake is quite venomous and was collected in 2010. Initially, the specie was confused with Honduran palm pit-viper, but later it was found to be a different species.

Genetic analysis of the same was carried out and it was then it was found that it is different species. Lead author Josiah Townsend, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania was of the view, "We recommend that B. guifarroi be immediately classified as Critically Endangered due to its limited known area of occurrence and the potential for anthropogenic damage to its habitat".

The newly found specie is quite distinct in appearance and there are chances that it can be considered as an option for pet trade. Therefore, it is being considered that it should be provided protection under CITES. As per experts, there are approximately 150 pit-vipers across the world.

 


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