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Apostolepis underwoodi DE LEMA & CAMPBELL, 2017

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymApostolepis underwoodi DE LEMA & CAMPBELL 2017: 20 
DistributionBolivia (Santa Cruz)

Type locality: Buena Vista, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (17°27’32”S, 63°39’33”W), 398 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1927.8.1.180, female; paratypes: BMNH 1927.8.1.181, male, and BMNH.1927.8.1.182, male. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The species which are most similar are A. serrana Lema and Renner (Figure 3) and A. striata Lema (Figure 4) differing from both, mainly by nucho-cervical collars absent in these species. Apostolepis aff. borellii is another species showing similari- ties following analysis at the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul campus Corumbá by Nelson R Albuquerque. The major difference is the shape of the supralabial blotch triangular in the latter and trapezoidal in the new species. (De Lema & Campbell 2017) 
EtymologyThe name is a homage paid in memory to Garth Underwood, eminent herpetologist and a good friend of senior author with whom many memorable discussions on tropical African snake were enjoyed. 
  • Lema, Thales and Patrick Campbell 2017. New Species of Apostolepis (Serpentes, Dipsadinae, Elapomorphini) from Bolivia, from the Apostolepis borellii Group. Research & Reviews: Journal of Zoological Sciences 5 (1): 19- - get paper here
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