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.|
Diagnosis. (1) 14 midbody scale rows; (2) 10 midtail scale rows; (3) 2 supralabials, first large and in broad contact with supraocular; (4) 16 subcaudals; (5) 257 mid-dorsal scale rows; (6) Dorsum with seven black longitudinal stripes, outermost interspaces bright yellow along the body, medial interspaces yellow near the head and tail, and midbody interspaces reddish-brown; (7) rostral yellowish-white dorsally and cream ventrally; (8) terminal spine black; (9) ventral surface of head and body cream except for a soft dark longitudinal dotted line running along the center of each ventral scale row, anal plate cream with two lateral irregular dark blotches, and ventral surface of the tail cream, with three longitudinal rows of dark spots that merge distally and form a large irregular triangle.
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.|
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