Mastigodryas moratoi MONTINGELLI & ZAHER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Mastigodryas moratoi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Mastigodryas moratoi MONTINGELLI & ZAHER 2011|
Mastigodryas moratoi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 430
|Distribution||Brazil (Amazonas), Guyana|
Type locality: approximately 50 m elevation, on the north bank of the Negro River in Tapera, State of Amazonas, Brazil (00°25’S, 64°35’W
|Types||Holotype: MZUSP 5371, an adult male collected on 4 November 1972 by the Expedic ̧a ̃o Permanente da Amazoˆnia (E.P.A. 72.2575);. The right hemipenis was prepared and stored separately in the hemipenial collection of the Museu de Zoologia da USP (MZUSP). Paratypes.—AMNH, INPA, MZUSP|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Mastigodryas moratoi differs from all other species in the genus by the combined presence of five distinct dark dorsal stripes on the anterior portion of the body (one mediodorsal, two dorsolaterals, and two laterals); gular region smudged with dark or mostly dark with cream spots until the level of the first ventrals; tail uniformly reddish or yellowish; usually eight supralabials, with the third, fourth, and fifth in contact with the orbit; midregion of the hemipenis below the capitulum with several enlarged spines, one of which is significantly larger and hooklike.|
|Etymology||Etymology.—The specific name honors Celso M. de Carvalho from the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA) who contributed significantly to the knowledge of the herpetofauna of the State of Roraima, Brazil.|
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