Atractus esepe ARTEAGA, MEBERT, VALENCIA, CISNEROS-HEREDIA, PEÑAFIEL, REYES-PUIG, VIEIRA-FERNANDES & GUAYASAMIN, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Atractus esepe?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Indistinct Groundsnake|
S: Tierrera indistinta
|Synonym||Atractus esepe ARTEAGA, MEBERT, VALENCIA, CISNEROS-HEREDIA, PEÑAFIEL, REYES-PUIG, VIEIRA-FERNANDES & GUAYASAMIN 2017|
Type locality: at Caimito, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (N0.69620, W80.090472; 102 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype. MZUTI 3758 (Fig. 6), adult male collected by Alejandro Arteaga on September 12, 2014; Paratopotype. MZUTI 3759, adult female collected by Jaime Culebras.|
|Comment||Habitat: The two known specimens of Atractus esepe were found actively foraging among soil and roots in secondary evergreen lowland forest at least 400 m from the nearest natural body of water. They were found by night at 20h00 after a warm, sunny day.|
Conservation status: Data Deficient.
|Etymology||The specific epithet esepe is derived from the Spanish pronunciation of “sp.”, which is the abbreviation for the Latin word species. Here, we use this word in allusion to how the majority of Ecuadorian researchers refer to Atractus specimens found in the field.|
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