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Atractus resplendens WERNER, 1901

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Resplendent Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus torquatus var. resplendens WERNER 1901: 598
Atractus resplendens — SAVAGE 1960
Atractus resplendens — PETERS 1960
Atractus resplendens — WALLACH et al. 2014: 79 
DistributionEcuador (Amazonas), elevation 1100-1900 m

Type locality: Ecuador  
TypesHolotype: NMW or ZMB, a 378 mm specimen (R. Haensch). 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: A member of the trilineatus Group readily distinguished from the other known Atractus by the following combination of characters: (1) 17 scale rows; (2) long loreal; (3) maxillary teeth seven; (4) ventrals in males, 157-171 (166), in females, 170-185 (176); and (5) dorsal body color a uniform dark brown or black [from SAVAGE 1960]. 
CommentLocation of type unknown fide PETERS 1960. 
  • Melo-Sampaio PR, Venegas PJ 2023. A new species of groundsnake genus Atractus Wagler, 1828 (Serpentes, Dipsadidae) from the Peruvian Andes revealed by unequivocal morphological characters. Evolutionary Systematics 7(2): 257-266 - get paper here
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of Ecuador; check list and key. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 122: 489-541 - 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
  • 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.
  • Werner, F. 1901. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Ecuador und Neu-Guinea. Verh. Zool.-bot. Ges. Wien 51: 593-614 - get paper here
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