Atractus touzeti SCHARGEL, LAMAR, PASSOS, VALENCIA, CISNEROS-HEREDA & CAMPBELL, 2013
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Atractus touzeti SCHARGEL, LAMAR, PASSOS, VALENCIA, CISNEROS-HEREDA & CAMPBELL 2013|
Type locality: Cosanga– Archidona road (00°37’S, 77°48’W; 2200 m) in the Cordillera de Los Guacamayos, Province of Napo, Ecuador. Map legend:
- Type locality.
- Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.
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|Types||Holotype: FHGO 517, adult female, collected dead on road on 16 August 1992 by Peter Pearman.|
Paratypes. Two adult females, FHGO 2035 and FHGO 2036, collected dead on road on 5 April 1998 by Felipe Campos at La Virgen (ca. 2000 m) in the Cordillera de Los Guacamayos, Province of Napo, Ecuador.
|Comment||Diagnosis. A species of Atractus with 17 dorsal scales rows differing from all other members of the genus by the following combination of characters: (1) large size and thick body, adults reaching more than 1000 mm in TL; (2) loreal long (about three times longer than high); (3) eight supralabials, four and five in contact with eye; (4) seven or eight infralabials; (5) eight maxillary teeth; (6) 167–170 ventral scales in females; (7) Tail of moderate length Tail/TL 9.5–11.4%; (8) 31 subcaudal scales in females; (9) dorsal color pattern of short pale crossbands edged by black borders that separate the pale color from the brown ground color.|
|Etymology||We take great pleasure in naming the new species after Jean-Marc Touzet, an enthusiastic promoter of herpetology in Ecuador and the founder of the Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés.|
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