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Atractus ecuadorensis SAVAGE, 1955

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ecuadorean Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus ecuadorensis SAVAGE 1955: 15
Atractus ecuadorensis — PETERS 1960
Atractus ecuadorensis — PETERS et al. 1970: 28
Atractus ecuadorensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 71 
DistributionEcuador (Tungurahua)

Type locality: Llangata Area (probably Llanganate Range, Provincia Tungurahua, Ecuador).  
TypesHolotype: FMNH (= CNHM) 23529, male 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: A form similar to Atractus dunni and Atractus occidentalis of Ecuador, but differing from both in coloration and ventral counts. Distinct from all Ecuadorian Atractus in: (1) 17 scale rows; (2) long loreal; (3) maxillary teeth eight; (4) ventrals in male holotype, 144, probably about 10 higher in females; and (5) pattern composed of six longitudinal stripes that lnay be more or less interrupted [from SAVAGE 1960]. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Melo-Sampaio PR, Venegas PJ 2023. A new species of groundsnake genus Atractus Wagler, 1828 (Serpentes, Dipsadidae) from the Peruvian Andes revealed by unequivocal morphological characters. Evolutionary Systematics 7(2): 257-266 - get paper here
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of Ecuador; check list and key. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 122: 489-541 - get paper here
  • Savage, Jay M. 1955. Descriptions of new colubrid snakes, genus Atractus, from Ecuador. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 68: 11-20 - get paper here
  • Savage,J.M. 1960. A revision of the Ecuadorian snakes of the colubrid genus Atractus. Misc. Publ. Zool. Univ. Michigan 112: 1-86 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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