Atractus surucucu PRUDENTE, 2008
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Atractus surucucu PRUDENTE & PASSOS 2008|
Atractus surucucu — WALLACH et al. 2014: 81
|Distribution||N Brazil (Roraima)|
Type locality: Serra do Surucucu, a mountain slope at 1,000 m in the State of Roraima, 02°47’N, 63°40’W.
|Types||Holotype: MPEG 19146, adult female|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This species, only known by females, is diagnosed from all congeners by the following combination of characters: 17/17/17 smooth dorsal scale rows, without apical pits; 200–207 ventral scales; 25–26 subcaudal scales; moderate sized loreal, contacting second and third supralabials; seven supralabials, third and fourth contacting orbit; seven infralabials, first three contacting chinshields; moderate size, 222–388 mm SVL; short tail (7.7–8.8% snout–vent length); dorsal color pattern, in preservative, uniform chocolate to dark brown, with two conspicuous light paraventral lines, and a light incomplete occipital collar; venter immaculate creamish-white; tail uniform black; five maxillary teeth.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—The specific epithet ‘‘surucucu’’ is derived from Tupi indigenous name (suú-u-u) meaning a very aggressive pit-viper. This is used here as noun in apposition, alluding to the proper name of the type locality of the new species (Serra do Surucucu). Surucucu refers also commonly to the popular name of the Bushmaster Lachesis muta in Brazil.|
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