Atractus gigas MYERS & SCHARGEL, 2006
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Atractus gigas?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Atractus gigas MYERS & SCHARGEL 2006|
Atractus gigas — WALLACH et al. 2014: 73
|Distribution||Ecuador (Bosque Protector Rio Guajalito, Pichincha, Pacific versant of the Andes), NE Peru, 600-2300 m elevation.|
Type locality: Bosque Protector Río Guajalito, Pichincha, Ecuador (00° 14’ S, 78° 49’ W).
|Types||Holotype: FHGO 194 (Fundación Herpetológica ‘‘Gustavo Orcé́s’’), an adult female, Collected by Vlastimil Zak in January 1990.|
|Comment||Description: A. gigas is a very robust snake that exceeds a meter in length (adult female holotype 1040 mm in total length), with a hint of pale transverse dorsal bars on a brown ground color. It is the largest known Atractus, differing in color pattern and details of scutellation from the several other congeners that attain lengths > 700 mm. The only known specimen has an azygous frontonasal scale that is atypical of colubrids (but is not an obvious aberrancy).|
|Etymology||ETYMOLOGY: The species name gigas (a giant) is a Latin noun of Greek origin. (The gigantes or giants, born of Mother Earth, were enormous beings who had thick serpents for legs. They fought a losing battle with the gods and man.)|
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