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Rodriguesophis scriptorcibatus (RODRIGUES, 1993)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesPortuguese: Muçurana-Nariguda-do-São-Francisco 
SynonymPhimophis scriptorcibatus RODRIGUES 1993
Rodriguesophis scriptorcibatus — GRAZZIOTIN et al. 2012
Rodriguesophis scriptorcibatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 656
Rodriguesophis scriptocirbatus — GUEDES et al. 2014 (in error)
Rodriguesophis scriptorcibatus — NOGUEIRA et al. 2019 
DistributionBrazil (Bahia)

Type locality: Brazil: Bahia: Ibiraba  
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 10.062, male Paratypes: MZUSP 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: Dorsal ground colour dark gray with an inconspicuous collar on the neck of the adult. Young brick red with a dark gray collar on the neck; venter cream-colored, immaculate. Ventrals 131-150; 36 to 52 pairs of subcaudaIs. 
CommentPhoto in Lambertz (2010).

R. chui and R. scriptorcibatus are tentatively allocated to Rodriguesophis due to their external similarities with R. iglesiasi. 
EtymologyThe name is "the one that eats writers" and refers to the fact that the microteiids of the genus Calyptommatus are part of the diet of Phimophis scriptorcibatus. In the sandy areas near of the Sao Francisco river these lizards are popularly called as "escrivoes' (writers) because ofthe tracks leave in the sand. 
  • Gonzalez R. C. et al. 2020. Lista dos Nomes Populares dos Répteis no Brasil – Primeira Versão. Herpetologia Brasileira 9 (2): 121 – 214 - get paper here
  • Grazziotin, Felipe G.; Hussam Zaher, Robert W. Murphy, Gustavo Scrocchi, Marco A. Benavides, Ya-Ping Zhang and Sandro L. Bonatto 2012. Molecular phylogeny of the New World Dipsadidae (Serpentes: Colubroidea): a reappraisal. Cladistics DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00393.x - get paper here
  • GUEDES, THAÍS B.; CRISTIANO NOGUEIRA & OTAVIO A. V. MARQUES 2014. Diversity, natural history, and geographic distribution of snakes in the Caatinga, Northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 3863 (1): 001–093 - get paper here
  • Hamdan, B. & R. M. Lira-da-Silva 2012. The snakes of Bahia State, northeastern Brazil: species richness, composition and biogeographical notes. Salamandra 48 (1): 31-50 - get paper here
  • Lambertz, M. 2010. Kommentierte Liste der squamaten Reptilien des Sanddünengebietes am mittleren Rio São Francisco (Bahia, Brasilien) unter besonderer Berücksichtigung endemischer Faunenelemente. Ophidia 4 (2): 2-17 - get paper here
  • Nogueira, Cristiano C.; Antonio J.S. Argôlo, Vanesa Arzamendia, Josué A. Azevedo, Fausto E. Barbo, Renato S. Bérnils, Bruna E. Bolochio, Marcio Borges-Martins, Marcela Brasil-Godinho, Henrique Braz, Marcus A. Buononato, Diego F. Cisneros-Heredia, 2019. Atlas of Brazilian snakes: verified point-locality maps to mitigate the Wallacean shortfall in a megadiverse snake fauna. South American J. Herp. 14 (Special Issue 1):1-274 - get paper here
  • Rodrigues M T 1993. Herpetofauna of palaeoquaternary sand dunes of the middle Sao Francisco River: Bahia: Brazil. 6. Two new species of Phimophis (Serpentes: Colubridae) with notes on the origin of psammophilic adaptations. Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo) 38 (11): 187-198 - get paper here
  • Rodrigues, M.T. 2003. Herpetofauna da Caatinga. In: I.R. Leal, M. Tabarelli & J.M.C. Silva (eds.). Ecologia e conservação da Caatinga, pp. 181-236. Editora Universitária, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brasil.
  • 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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