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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymHelicops apiaka KAWASHITA-RIBEIRO, ÁVILA & MORAIS 2013 
DistributionBrazil (Mato Grosso)

Type locality: left margin (downstream) of the Teles Pires River (9°27’04.30’’S; 56°30’51.9’’W, datum SAD 69), municipality of Paranaíta, state of Mato Grosso, Brazil.  
TypesHolotype: UFMT-R 8512, adult male, collected on 27 October 2009 by Carolina L. Cavlac.
Paratypes.—UFMT-R 7975, 7983, 8180, 8496, 8497, 8513 (adult males), UFMT-R 8004, 8227, 8244 (adult females), UFMT-R 8169, 8391, 8392, 8412, 8490 (juvenile males), UFMT-R 8475 (juvenile female), all collected at the type locality; UFMT-R 4473 (adult female), UFMT-R 5714 (adult male), collected at Guaranta ̃ do Norte municipality, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, on 10–13 March 2003 by Tami Mott; UFMT-R 5482 (adult female), UFMT-R 5499 (juvenile female), UFMT-R 7709, 7718 , 7722, 7784 (juvenile males), UFMT-R 7710 (adult male), collected at Alta Floresta municipality, Mato Grosso State, Brazil, from December 2006 to January 2007 by Elisaˆngela S. Brito; MZUSP 17239 (adult female), collected at Peixoto de Azevedo municipality, Mato Grosso State. 
Etymologynamed after the Apiaká ethnic group, which inhabits the northern region of the Mato Grosso State, Brazil. 
  • Costa, Henrique C.; Diego J. Santana, Fernando Leal, Ricardo Koroiva, and Paulo C.A. Garcia 2016. A New Species of Helicops (Serpentes: Dipsadidae: Hydropsini) from Southeastern Brazil. Herpetologica Jun 2016, Vol. 72, No. 2: 157-166
  • Kawashita-Ribeiro, Ricardo Alexandre; Robson Waldemar Ávila, and Drausio Honorio Morais 2013. A New Snake of the Genus Helicops Wagler, 1830 (Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae) from Brazil. Herpetologica 69 (1): 80-90. - get paper here
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