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Philodryas amaru ZAHER, ARREDONDO, VALENCIA, ARBELÁEZ, RODRIGUES & ALTAMIRANO-BENAVIDES, 2014

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPhilodryas amaru ZAHER, ARREDONDO, VALENCIA, ARBELÁEZ, RODRIGUES & ALTAMIRANO-BENAVIDES 2014 
DistributionEcuador

Type locality: private land owned by Manuel Merchan, Termas de Aguas Calientes-Soldados (2°555'55'' S, 79°12'37'' W, ca. 3196 m elevation), Parroquia San Joaquín, Cantón Cuenca, Province of Azuay, Ecuador.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: FHGO 4749, adult male, collected by Ernesto Arbeláez on 6 June 2006 (Fig. 1).
Paratypes. Two adult females (FHGO 6399 and FHGO 6400) collected along with the holotype. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific epithet amaru is derived from the Ecuadorian Kichwa dialect, meaning snake. Along the Andean region of Ecuador, Amaru is often known to represent a snake deity related to the economy and vitally of the water that allows the existence of Andean people. Also, “Amaru” or “snake” is considered to represent the first mother of the pre Inca Cañari culture that lived where presently is the city of Cuenca. 
References
  • ZAHER, HUSSAM; JUAN C. ARREDONDO, JORGE H. VALENCIA, ERNESTO ARBELÁEZ, MIGUEL T. RODRIGUES & MARCO ALTAMIRANO-BENAVIDES 2014. A new Andean species of Philodryas (Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae) from Ecuador. Zootaxa 3785 (3): 469–480 - get paper here
 
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