Apostolepis pymi BOULENGER, 1903
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Apostolepis pymi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Apostolepis pymi BOULENGER 1903: 353|
Apostolepis pymi — DE LEMA & RENNER 1998
Apostolepis pymi — DE LEMA & ALBUQUERQUE 2010
Apostolepis pymi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 53
|Distribution||Brazil (Amazonas, Mato Grosso, Rondônia, Ceará, Pará)|
Type locality: “Brazil.” Restricted to Pará State, Brazil fide Lema (1997: 194).
|Types||Type: BMNH 1918.104.22.168 (and possibly additional specimens).|
|Comment||Synonymy: Apostolepis pymi has been removed from synonymy with A. coronata by DE LEMA & RENNER 1998. Elapomorphus nigrolineatus PETERS 1869 is listed as a synonym of Apostolepis flavotorquata by BAUER et al. 1995 although DE LEMA states that “Apostolepis pymi is [...] Apostolepis nigrolineata” (pers. comm.). See also DE LEMA 1997. LEMA & ALBUQUERQUE (2010) synonymized quinquelineatus with nigrolineatus but revalidated pymi. Curcio et al. (2011) redescribed A. longicaudata and recognize A. pymi as a synonym of A. nigrolineata without further comments. As shown by Lema & Albuquerque (2010), however, A. nigrolineata and A. pymi can be distinguished from each other by a suite of coloration and tail shape characters and should be treated as distinct.|
The background color of A. nigrolineata is reddish brown (vs. brown in A. pymi ). In addition, only the dorsal region of end of tail is covered by a black band (vs. end of tail completely surrounded by a black band in A. pymi).
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