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Epictia septemlineata KOCH, VENEGAS & BÖHME, 2015

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Higher TaxaLeptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymEpictia septemlineata KOCH, VENEGAS & BÖHME 2015 
DistributionPeru (Cajamarca)

Type locality: Limon Village, Celendín Province, Cajamarca Region, Peru (S 06°52’34.2’’, W 078°05’10.5’’, elevation 2053 m.a.s.l.)  
TypesHolotype: CORBIDI 14683, collected by A. Garcia Bravo and C. Koch on 28 April 2009. 
CommentAbundance: known from only the holotype.

Comparisons [conditions for other Epictia in brackets]: By having 257 mid-dorsal scales this species has a higher number than E. peruviana [185–199], E. collaris [155–166], E. diaplocia [205–233] and E. munoai [184– 230], and a lower number than E. alfredschmidti [267–279], E. subcrotilla [318–333], E. melanura [395–396], and E. tricolor [285–310]. By having 16 subcaudal scales it further differs from E. columbi [22–25], E. melanura [18– 20], E. munoai [10–14], E. nasalis [21] and E. tricolor [18–23]. By having a tricolor pattern of dorsal longitudinal stripes (reddish-brown, black and yellow) it differs from all members of the tesselata group except for E. alfredschmidti, E. teaguei and E. tricolor. By lacking a yellow terminal spine this species differs from E. alfredschmidti, E.australis, E. borapeliotes, E. clinorostris, E. collaris, E. diaplocia, E. goudotii, E. magnamaculata, E. nasalis, E. peruviana, E. rubrolineata, E. signata, E. striatula, E. subcrotilla, E. teaguei, E. tenella, E. tesselata, E. tricolor, E. undecimstriata and E. vellardi.

Habitat: under a stone on soft soil of a recently tilled grainfield. 
EtymologyThe specific name is derived from the Latin septem = seven and lineata = striped and refers to the diagnostic pattern of seven longitudinal black stripes on the dorsum. 
  • KOCH, CLAUDIA; PABLO J. VENEGAS & WOLFGANG BÖHME 2015. Three new endemic species of Epictia Gray, 1845 (Serpentes: Leptotyphlopidae) from the dry forest of northwestern Peru. Zootaxa 3964 (2): 228–244
  • KOCH, CLAUDIA; PABLO J. VENEGAS, ROY SANTA CRUZ, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2018. Annotated checklist and key to the species of amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the northern Peruvian dry forest along the Andean valley of the Marañón River and its tributaries Zootaxa 4385 (1): 001–101 - get paper here
  • Kwet, A. 2016. Liste der im Jahr 2015 neu beschriebenen Reptilien. Terraria-Elaphe 2016 (3): 56-67 - get paper here
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