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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymLeptodeira misinawui TORRES-CARVAJAL, SÁNCHEZ-NIVICELA, POSSE, CELI & KOCH 2020: 365 
DistributionEcuador (Azuay)

Type locality: Ecuador, Azuay, Susudel, Poetate (-3.417S, -79.227W), 2734 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: MZUA-RE 0253, adult male, collected by Elvis Celi on 22 April 2015.
Paratypes: MZUA-RE 0252, adult female, collected by Elvis Celi on 22 April 2015; QCAZ 16510, collected by Diego Almeida on 18 March 2018.

DiagnosisDiagnosis: Leptodeira misinawui can be distinguished from other congeners by unique combination of the following characters: 19 (25%) or 21 (75%) midbody dorsal scale rows, reducing to 16 (25%) or 17 (75%) posteriorly; 2–3 preoculars (usually 2); vertebral and paravertebral rows not enlarged; single nape bar; faint intercalary spots; and 54–72 (average 63.25 ± 7.89 SD) body blotches rarely forming a continuous zig-zag stripe, 2–3 dorsal scales in length, half the length of light interspaces, and extending laterally onto scale rows 7–8 (Torres-Carvajal et al. 2020). 
CommentSympatry: Holcosus orcesi (Peters), Phyllodactylus leoni Torres-Carvajal et al., Stenocercus rhodomelas (Boulenger), Tantilla insulamontana. 
EtymologyThe specific epithet “misinawui” derives from the Quechua-Cañari words “misi” meaning cat, and “ñawui” meaning eye, and refers to the similarity of the eye of the new species to the eye of a cat. This epithet honors the Quechua-Cañari culture from southern Ecuador. 
  • TORRES-CARVAJAL, OMAR; JUAN C. SÁNCHEZ-NIVICELA, VALENTINA POSSE, ELVIS CELI, CLAUDIA KOCH 2020. A new species of cat-eyed snake (Serpentes: Dipsadinae: Leptodeirini) from the Andes of southern Ecuador. Zootaxa 4895 (3): 357–380 - get paper here
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