Clelia equatoriana (AMARAL, 1924)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Clelia equatoriana?
Find more photos by Google images search:
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Equatorial Mussurana|
|Synonym||Barbourina equatoriana AMARAL 1924: 201|
Clelia clelia scytalina — DUNN 1944: 201
Clelia equatoriana — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 64
Clelia equatoriana — ZAHER 1996
Clelia equatoriana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 170
|Distribution||E Costa Rica, E Panama, NW Ecuador, Colombia (Caldas,Valle del Cauca etc.), Peru (Piura)|
Type locality: Guayaquil, Ecuador
|Types||Holotype: USNM 62790, male|
|Diagnosis||Original description: “Snout round and scarcely projecting. Rostral a little deeper than broad, its portion visible from above equal to 1/3 its distance from the frontal; internasals twice as broad as long, half as long as the praefrontals; frontal a little longer than broad and longer than its distance from the end of the snout, a little shorter than the parietals; nasal entire, in contact with the praeocular (on the right) which does not reach the upper surface of the head; no loreal; 2 small postoculars, subequal; temporals 2 + 3; 7 upper labials, the 3d and 4th entering the orbit; 2d touching the prefrontal on the left; 1st lower labials in contact with its fellow behind the symphysial; 4 lower labials in contact with the anterior chin-shields which are a little longer than the posterior. Scales in 17 rows. Ventrals 204, rounded laterally; anal entire; subcaudals 75 pairs.” (Amaral 1924)|
Coloration: “Pinkish-yellow (red?) above, all the scales tipped with black; head brown above, with a yellowish-white band occupying the parietals, temporals, the 3 posterior upper labials, and the occiput, and followed by a dark blotch on the nape; chin dark; throat and lower surface of the body and tail yellowish-white.” (Amaral 1924)
|Comment||Similar species: Clelia equatoriana is often confounded with Clelia clelia. However, Clelia equatoriana has dorsal scale in 17 rows at midbody vs 19 in Clelia clelia (Peters & Orejas-Miranda 1970).|
Type species: Barbourina equatoriana AMARAL 1924: 201 is the type species of the genus Barbourina AMARAL 1924, now a synonym of Clelia.
Is it interesting? Share with others:
As link to this species use URL address:
without field 'search_param'. Field 'search_param' is used for browsing search result.