Epictia septemlineata KOCH, VENEGAS & BÖHME, 2015
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Epictia septemlineata?
|Higher Taxa||Leptotyphlopidae, Epictinae, Epictini, Typhlopoidea, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Epictia septemlineata KOCH, VENEGAS & BÖHME 2015|
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.)
|Types||Holotype: CORBIDI 14683, collected by A. Garcia Bravo and C. Koch on 28 April 2009.|
|Comment||Abundance: 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  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.
|Etymology||The 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.|