Atractus medusa PASSOS, MUESES-CISNEROS, LYNCH & FERNANDES, 2009
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Atractus medusa?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Atractus medusa PASSOS, MUESES-CISNEROS, LYNCH & FERNANDES 2009|
Atractus medusa — WALLACH et al. 2014: 76
|Distribution||Colombia (Cauca: Gorgona Island)|
Type locality: Playa Blanca, Gorgona Island (03º00’N, 78º12’W, ca. 0 m elevation), municipality of Guapi, department of Cauca, Colombia
|Types||Holotype: IAvH 2981, adult male, collected by J. V. Rueda (field number VR 1213).|
|Comment||Distribution: not in Ecuador fide O. Torres-Carvajal, pers. comm. 8 Sep 2016. Reports from Ecuador (Cisnero-Heredia & Romero 2015) most likely represent A. iridescens (Arteaga et al. 2017).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet “medusa” refers to the female monster Medusa (Greek: µέδουσα) of Greek mythology. According to the Greek writer Hesiod, Medusa was one of the three Gorgons, daughters of the gods Phorcys and Ceto, their home being on the farthest side of the western ocean. Medusa had snakes for hair and her look could petrify anyone looking into her eyes, but was beheaded by the Greek hero Perseus. Herein the word alludes to the type locality of the species, Gorgona Island, an island on the western portion of the genus’ range.|
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