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Atractus caete PASSOS, FERNANDES, BÉRNILS & MOURA-LEITE, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAtractus caete PASSOS, FERNANDES, BÉRNILS & MOURA-LEITE 2010
Atractus caete — WALLACH et al. 2014: 70 
DistributionBrazil (Alagoas)

Type locality: municipality of Quebrângulo (09°19’S, 36°28’W, ca. 360 m elevation), state of Alagoas, Brazil.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MNRJ 16936, adult female, (formerly IVB 2983), collected on 1986 by A. R. Melgarejo. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet caetê is a Tupi indigenous name, here employed as a noun in apposition alluding to the Atlantic Rainforest remnants (caá = forest; etê = true) where A. caete was found. The Tupi word caetê is also the denomination for the extinct anthropophagous group of Brazilian Indians native to the region of the type locality. Portuguese colonizers later exterminated the “Caetés” after the natives captured and devoured Dom Pero Fernandes Sardinha, first bishop of Brazil on July 16 1556. 
References
  • Passos, P.; Fernandes, R.; Bernils, R.S. & Moura-Leite, J.C. de 2010. Taxonomic revision of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Atractus (Reptilia: Serpentes: Dipsadidae). Zootaxa 2364: 1–63 - get paper here
  • 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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