Ninia teresitae ANGARITA-SIERRA & LYNCH, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Ninia teresitae?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Ninia teresitae ANGARITA-SIERRA & LYNCH 2017|
Ninia atrata — CASTAÑO et al. in RANGEL 2004
Ninia maculata — CASTAÑO et al. in RANGEL 2004
|Distribution||Colombia (Nariño), Ecuador|
Type locality: Santa Helena oil palm plantation (01°37 ́30”N, 78°44 ́20”W; 20 m asl), municipality of Tumaco, Km 28 of the Tumaco–Llorente road, 1 km S of Tumaco, department of Nariño, Colombia
|Types||Holotype. ICN 12527, Adult male, collected by Lucas Barrientos on April 9 2010.|
Paratypes. Nine specimens: adult female (ICN 10661) collected at La Cabaña (6°3’7.82”N, 76°15’4,7”W; 1404m asl), near Calles River, Parque Natural Nacional Las Orquideas, municipality of Urrao and adult female (MHUA 14860) collected at the Hydroelectric dam San Carlos (06°12’39.00”N, 74°50’26.00”W; 740 m asl), vereda Juarez, municipality of San Carlos, both of department of Antioquia; adult male (ICN 7927) collected between vereda La Cristalina and Dosquebradas near the Police station of Puerto Romero (05°54’41.83”N, 74°21’8.65”W; 704 m asl), municipality of Puerto Boyacá, department of Boyacá; five specimens all from the municipality of Tumaco, department of Nariño, male (ICN 12528) same provenance as the holotype, females (ICN 12523–25) and male (ICN 12526) collected at Santa Fé oil palm plantation (1°24 ́8.5”N; 78°33 ́30” W; 105 m), Km 63 of the road Tumaco–Llorente, 4 km west near Llorente; and adult female (ICN 6906) from corregimiento de Santa Cecilia (5°11 ́25.22”N, 76°24 ́16.41”W), municipality of Pueblo Rico, department of Risaralda.
|Comment||Synonymy: This species has been reported as a distinct population of N. maculata or as N. atrata from the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia.|
|Etymology||The specific epithet teresitae represent the Latin translation of the nickname from the Spanish “Teresita” and is given in honor to the grandmother of the first author, Maria Teresa Guerrero (1915−2013). “Teresita” was one of the most influential persons in her grandson’s life, who never failed to support him and encouraged his endless passion for snakes.|
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