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Atractus multidentatus PASSOS, RIVAS & BARRIO-AMORÓS, 2009

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAtractus multidentatus PASSOS, FUENMAYOR & BARRIO-AMORÓS 2009
Atractus multidentatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 77 
DistributionVenezuela (Mérida, north versant of the Cordillera de Mérida)

Type locality: quebrada El Paraiso, La Vega (8° 32′ N, 71° 14′ W, ca. 1000 m elevation), State of Mérida, Venezuela.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: CVULA 7080, 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Atractus multidentatus can be distinguished from congeners by having 17 dorsal scale rows, eight upper and lower labials, 18 maxillary teeth, 153 ventrals in the single female, nine subcaudals, dorsum reddish brown with five longitudinal dark brown stripes, small body size, small body diameter, and small tail size. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “multidentatus” is formed by union of the prefix multi (= large number) with the adjective dentatus (= teethed). This name is used here in allusion to the large number of maxillary teeth displayed by Atractus multidentatus. 
References
  • Natera-Mumaw, Marco; Luis Felipe Esqueda-González & Manuel Castelaín-Fernández 2015. Atlas Serpientes de Venezuela Santiago de Chile, Dimacofi Negocios Avanzados S.A., 456 pp. - get paper here
  • Passos, Paulo; Rivas Fuenmayor, Gilson; Barrio-Amorós, Cesar 2009. Description of two new species from Venezuela in the highly diverse dipsadine genus Atractus (Serpentes: Colubridae). Amphibia-Reptilia 30 (2): 233-243 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - 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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