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Apostolepis thalesdelemai BORGES-NOJOSA, LIMA, BEZERRA & JAMES, 2016

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
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Common Names 
SynonymApostolepis thalesdelemai BORGES-NOJOSA, LIMA, BEZERRA & JAMES 2016 
DistributionBrazil (Ceará)

Type locality: Planalto da Ibiapaba, Murimbeca locality, Ubajara Municipality, State of Ceará, Brazil (03°49‘14,’’S/ 40°54'16.8"W; Datum WGS 84.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: UFC (also as CHUFC) 2341, adult female, June 04, 1999, cols. D.M. Borges-Nojosa. Paratypes: Brazil: Ceará State: Planalto da Ibiapaba: Ibiapina Municipality: MCP 19504 (=CHUFC 2337), CHUFC 2340 and CHUFC 2351, Oct 07, 1999, and CHUFC 2342-43, Aug 2, 1998, col. D.M. Borges-Nojosa, Boa Vista locality (03°55‘33,’’S/ 40°50'59,7"W; Datum WGS 84); CHUFC 2437, Dec 19, 1998, col. D.M. Borges-Nojosa, Ladeira do Mucambo (03°54‘37,’’S/ 40°53'0,2"W; Datum WGS 84). São Benedito Municipality: CHUFC 2768-69, Oct 07, 1999, col. D.M. Borges-Nojosa, Sítio Buriti-apuá, Inhuçu locality (04°07‘51,’’S/ 40°50'13,8"W; Datum WGS 84). Ubajara Municipality (3°51‘03,0’’S/ 40°55‘10,9’’W; Datum WGS 84): CHUFC 1349, Nov 1987, col. H. Klein, Sítio Santana; CHUFC 2110, Sep 8, 1997, and CHUFC 2137, Mar 7, 1998, col. F.T. Araújo, Fazenda Buriti (03°49‘56,0’’S/ 40°56'10,0"W; Datum WGS 84); CHUFC 2154, Mar 7, 1998, and CHUFC 2350, Jun 4, 1999, col. D.M. Borges-Nojosa, Sítio Murimbeca; CHUFC 2954, Apr 03, 2008, col. D.M.Borges-Nojosa. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Apostolepis thalesdelemai sp. nov. is very similar to A. mariae, being also closer to A. nigrolineata, A. pymi and A. longicaudata. It differs from these and other species of the genus, by the following characteristics: (1) 212-244 ventral scales and 29-38 pairs of subcaudals; (2) without yellow nuchal collar, replaced by a dark brown band covering the first 4 rows of dorsal scales between the paravertebral longitudinal stripes. On the lateral, the presence of a light band with 2-3 scales length or light spot between the first and second paravertebral longitudinal stripes, with depth of 1⁄2, 1 or 2 scales; (3) the presence of a discreet dark cervical collar with 1⁄2, 1 or 2 scales; (4) light lateral spot below the eye, usually occupying the third and fourth supralabial, and other spots in sixth supralabial (absent in A. longicaudata); (5) with five longitudinal dorsal dark brown stripes, a darker vertebral more dark than two pairs of paravertebrals (first pair lighter); (6) fourth and fifth supralabial and temporal in contact with parietal; (7) tip of the tail covered in the dorsal and ventral faces by a terminal black band, but with the last light scale; (8) Anal scale divided. 
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Etymology 
References
  • Borges-Nojosa, Diva Maria; Daniel Cassiano Lima , Castiele Holanda Bezerra , David James Harris 2017. TWO NEW SPECIES OF Apostolepis Cope, 1862 (SERPENTES: ELAPOMORPHINI) FROM BREJOS DE ALTITUDE IN NORTHEASTERN BRAZIL Revista Nordestina de Zoologia, 10(2): 74-94 - get paper here
 
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