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Apostolepis underwoodi LEMA & CAMPBELL, 2017

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

Type locality: Buena Vista, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia (17°27’32”S, 63°39’33”W), 398 m elevation  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1927.8.1.180, female; paratypes: BMNH 1927.8.1.181, male, and BMNH.1927.8.1.182, male. 
DiagnosisThe 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. 
Comment 
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. 
References
  • 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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