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Atractus ecuadorensis SAVAGE, 1955

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesEcuadorean Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus ecuadorensis SAVAGE 1955
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).  
Reproductionoviparous 
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]. 
Comment 
Etymology 
References
  • 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
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
  • 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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