Atractus caete PASSOS, FERNANDES, BÉRNILS & MOURA-LEITE, 2010
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Atractus caete PASSOS, FERNANDES, BÉRNILS & MOURA-LEITE 2010|
Atractus caete — WALLACH et al. 2014: 70
Type locality: municipality of Quebrângulo (09°19’S, 36°28’W, ca. 360 m elevation), state of Alagoas, Brazil.
|Types||Holotype: MNRJ 16936, adult female, (formerly IVB 2983), collected on 1986 by A. R. Melgarejo.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: Atractus caete is distinguished from all congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) 17/17/17 smooth dorsal scale rows; (2) two postoculars; (3) long loreal; (4) temporals 1+2; (5) usually six supralabials, third and fourth contacting orbit; (6) seven infralabials, first four contacting chinshields; (7) seven maxillary teeth; (8) three gular scale rows; (9) four preventrals; (10) 160 ventrals in the single female; (11) 16?–19 subcaudals; (12) dorsum uniformly black; (13) venter beige anteriorly, becoming gradually brown from the 15th ventral in adults, and cream marked with brown laterally in sub-adults; (14) moderate body size, female reaching 376 mm SVL; (15) small tail size on female (8.5% SVL).|
|Etymology||The 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.|
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