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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.)  
Reproductionoviparous (manual imputation, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: ZFMK 90933, formerly CORBIDI 14683, collected by A. Garcia Bravo and C. Koch on 28 April 2009. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: (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.
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 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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