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Helicops tapajonicus DA FROTA, 2005

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymHelicops tapajonicus DA FROTA 2005
Helicops tapajonicus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 323 
DistributionBrazil (Pará)

Type locality: Comunidade de Parauá (2° 50’ 38” S, 55° 10’ 54” W), margem direita do rio Tapajós município de Santarém, estado do Pará, Brasil.  
TypesHolotype: MCP 15380 
CommentThis species is characterized by an opaque, green-moss uniform coloration on the vertebral and paravertebral scales, extending until the end of the tail, becoming yellow-greenish in the paraventral region, without spots, blotches or stripes on the whole dorsum. It differs from all other species of Helicops by the dorsal color pattern. 
  • 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
  • da Frota, J.G. 2005. Nova espécie de Helicops Wagler, 1830 (Serpentes, Colubridae) do rio Tapajós, Amazonia, Brasil. Phyllomedusa 4 (1): 61-68 - get paper here
  • Frota, J.G. da; Pedroso dos Santos-Jr, Alfredo; Menezes-Chalkidis, H. de & Guimarães Guedes, A. 2005. AS SERPENTES DA REGIÃO DO BAIXO RIO AMAZONAS, OESTE DO ESTADO DO PARÁ, BRASIL (SQUAMATA). Biociências 13 (2): 211-220
  • 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
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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