Corallus batesii (GRAY, 1860)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Corallus batesii?
|Higher Taxa||Boidae (Boinae), Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Chrysenis batesi GRAY 1860: 132|
Corallus caninus — BOULENGER 1893:102
Boa canina — AMARAL 1925:8
Corallus caninus — PETERS and DONOSO-BARROS 1970:72
Corallus batesii — HENDERSON et al. 2009
Corallus batesii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 182
|Distribution||Brazil (Amazonas, Pará), Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia; elevation 0-1000 m|
Type locality: "Upper Amazon".
|Types||Holotype: NHM 18188.8.131.52|
|Comment||This species has been revalidated from the synonymy Corallus caninus by HENDERSON et al. 2009.|
Corallus batesi and C. caninus can interbreed in captivity and litter are perfectly fertile. Hybrids from batesi x caninus show dorsal pattern of caninus without dark shading inside white marks (often with larger white triangles) and iregoular lateral white marks like batesi, often more and irregular (Angelo Cabodi, peres. comm.)
Original description: “Pale brown, with a series of oblong subangular black-edged pale spots on the hinder part of the back, which become broader and more distinct as they approach the end of the tail, and with a series of distant small roundish black-edged spots on the lower part of the middle of the body, the hinder spot largest and nearest to the edge of the ventral shield [from GRAY 1860].
|Etymology||Etymology.—The epithet, a Latinized noun, honors Henry Walter Bates (1825–1892), the British naturalist who spent 11 years in Brazilian Amazonia collecting and studying its flora and fauna.|