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Atractus thalesdelemai PASSOS, FERNANDES & ZANELLA, 2005

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymAtractus thalesdelemai PASSOS, FERNANDES & ZANELLA 2005
Atractus thalesdelemai — PASSOS et al. 2007
Atractus kangueryensis CACCIALI, VILLALBA & YANOSKY 2007
Atractus thalesdelemai — WALLACH et al. 2014: 81 
DistributionS Brazil (Rio Grande do Sul)

Type locality: Fazenda da Brigadda Militar, Municipality of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (28°14’30”S, 52°21’27”W).

kangueryensis: Paraguay (Itapúa); Type locality: Kangüery, privately-owned reserve by Guyra Paraguay within the area delimited for the implantation of the San Rafael National Park, district of Alto Vera, Itapúa Department (26°30’42”S, 55°47’20”W).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNRJ 10052
Holotype: MNHNP 11117, female; Collected on 23 March 2006 by Ramón Villalba [kangueryensis] 
CommentSynonymy: Atractus kangueyrensis was synonymized with Atractus thalesdelemai by PASSOS et al. 2010.

Habitat (kangueryensis): natural grassland with several patches of Atlantic forest surrounding it. 
EtymologyNamed after Thales de Lema, Brazilian herpetologist.

Etymology (kangueryensis): The specific epithet “kangueryensis” is a proper noun from the type-locality. It comes from the Guarani language and means “water coming from the bones” (Kangue: bone; ry: liquid, water), in reference to a place where the tribe MbyaGuarani buried their members. It is also the name of a stream that flows 2000 m far from the location where the holotype was collected. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cacciali, P.; Villalba, R. & Yanosky, A.A. 2007. A NEW SPECIES OF ATRACTUS (SERPENTES:COLUBRIDAE: DIPSADINAE) FROM THE ATLANTIC FOREST OF ALTO PARANÁ, PARAGUAY. South American J. Herp. 2 (2): 83-88 - get paper here
  • Cacciali, Pier; Norman J. Scott, Aida Luz Aquino Ortíz, Lee A. Fitzgerald, and Paul Smith 2016. The Reptiles of Paraguay: Literature, Distribution, and an Annotated Taxonomic Checklist SPECIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MUSEUM OF SOUTHWESTERN BIOLOGY, NUMBER 11: 1–373 - get paper here
  • Passos, P., R. Fernandes and Borges-Nojosa, D.M. 2007. A New Species of Atractus (Serpentes: Dipsadinae) from a Relictual Forest in Northeastern Brazil. Copeia 2007 (4): 788–797 - get paper here
  • Passos, P., R. Fernandes and N. Zanella 2005. A new species of Atractus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Southern Brazil. Herpetologica 61 (2): 209-218 - get paper here
  • Passos, P.; Fernandes, R.; Bernils, R.S. & Moura-Leite, J.C. de 2010. Taxonomic revision of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Atractus (Reptilia: Serpentes: Dipsadidae). Zootaxa 2364: 1–63 - 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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