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Atractus savagei SALAZAR-VALENZUELA, TORRES-CARVAJAL & PASSOS, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Savage’s Groundsnake
S: Culebra Tierreras de Savage 
SynonymAtractus savagei SALAZAR-VALENZUELA, TORRES-CARVAJAL & PASSOS 2014 
DistributionEcuador (Carchi)

Type locality: surroundings of Chilmá Bajo on the way to Tres Marías waterfall, 0° 51’53.82’’N, 78°2’59.23’’W; datum 1⁄4 WGS84; 2071 m elevation), Tulcán County, Carchi Province, Ecuador.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: QCAZ 8713 (Museo de Zoologí, Pontificia Universidad Cato ́lica del Ecuador), adult female, collected on 25 February 2009 by Omar Torres-Carvajal, Silvia Alda ́s-Alarco ́n, and Elicio E. Tapia; paratypes: QCAZ, MNRJ, 
CommentSize: max. 5 mm SVL, max. 50 mm caudal lenght, max. 85 total length 
EtymologyThe specific epithet is a noun in the genitive case, in honor of Professor Jay M. Savage for his lifetime of fruitful work with the New World herpetofauna (Donnelly, 2013), and also as a tribute to his seminal monograph on Ecuadorian Atractus (Donnelly, 2013). 
References
  • Donnelly, Maureen A. D 2013. Jay M. Savage. Copeia Dec 2013, Vol. 2013, No. 4: 757-767. - get paper here
  • Salazar-Valenzuela, David; Omar Torres-Carvajal, and Paulo Passos 2014. A New Species of Atractus (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) from the Andes of Ecuador. Herpetologica Sep 2014, Vol. 70, No. 3: 350-363. - get paper here
 
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