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Atractus echidna PASSOS, MUESES-CISNEROS, LYNCH & FERNANDES, 2009

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAtractus echidna PASSOS, MUESES-CISNEROS, LYNCH & FERNANDES 2009
Atractus echidna — WALLACH et al. 2014: 71 
DistributionColombia (Nariño)

Type locality: estero San Antonio, Flor de la Briza, corregimiento Robles (01º42’N, 78º42’W, ca. 10 m), municipality of Tumaco, department of Nariño, Colombia.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: UVC 7718, adult male 
CommentHabitat: rainforest near sea level 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “echidna” refers to the half woman–half snake monster goddess Echidna (Greek: χιδνα) from Greek mythology. According to Greek legends, Echidna married the massive monster Typhon, becoming mother of all major monsters of Greek myths (e.g., Hydra, Cerberus). Her name is used herein in reference to the contrastasting anterior/posterior coloration pattern of the new species, alluding to Echidna’s hybrid nature. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Passos, P.; Mueses-Cisneros, J.J.; Lynch, J.D. & Fernandes, R. 2009. Pacific lowland snakes of the genus Atractus (Serpentes: Dipsadidae), with description of three new species. Zootaxa 2293: 1–34 - 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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