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Apostolepis nelsonjorgei DE LEMA & RENNER, 2004

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymApostolepis nelsonjorgei DE LEMA & RENNER 2004
Apostolepis nelsonjorgei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 52 
DistributionC Brazil (N of Goiás to Tocantins)

Type locality: Minacu Goiás  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: UHESM 14414, adult female, from Minaçu Goias. The remainder specimens were considered paratypes (Appendix I). 
CommentHabitat: Cerrado covered by forests, region of the Tocantins basin.

Diagnosis: The most similar species is A. nigroterminata from that differs by head elongated and the same diameter of the neck (contra head larger than neck), pillum uniformly blackish brown (contra pillum with many brown dots spurring, mainly in parietals), cream supralabial blotch rectangular triangle like (contra equilateral triangle), last subcaudal scales black (contra subcaudals and terminal white ventrally), and ventral and subcaudal scales in high number, 222-244 and 40-46 (contra 207-235 and 26-28). From the other species of the genus Apostolepis with five striped dorsal coloration, mainly by the peculiar head shape (long and angular). 
EtymologyThe name is an homage to Dr. Nelson Jorge da Silva Jr. by their studies on neotropical herpetology, and collaboration with us. 
References
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NELSON RUFINO DE & THALES DE LEMA 2012. Description of the second known specimen of Apostolepis intermedia (Serpentes, Colubridae, Xenodontinae). Zootaxa 3325: 53–58 - get paper here
  • Curcio, Felipe Franco; Pedro M. Sales Nunes, Michael B. Harvey, and Miguel T. Rodrigues 2011. Redescription of Apostolepis longicaudata (Serpentes: Xenodontinae) with Comments on Its Hemipenial Morphology and Natural History. Herpetologica 67 (3): 318-331. - get paper here
  • Lema, T. de & M. F. Renner 2004. New species of Apostolepis from Alto Tocantins, Brazil, with comments on the striped pattern species (Serpentes, Elapomorphinae). Biociências 12(2): 139-145
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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