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Saphenophis atahuallpae (STEINDACHNER, 1901)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Atahuallpa Saphenophis Snake 
SynonymLiophis atahuallpae STEINDACHNER 1901: 195
Liophis atahuallpae — STEINDACHNER 1902: 105
Leimadophis atahuallpae — MYERS 1969: 21
Leimadophis atahuallpae — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 143
Saphenophis atahuallpae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 662 

Type locality: “unterhalb Las Palmas am Westabhange der Anden, auf dem Wege von Babahoyo nach Guaranda (West-Ecuador) . . ., in ca. 2500 m Seehöhe”  
TypesHolotype: lost, was ZSM 106/1926 (lost fide Franzen & Glaw 2007), adult, collected by Therese Prinzessin von Bayern, 1898. The type was erroneously supposed to be housed in the “Vienna Museum” (= NMW) by Myers 1973: 21. 
EtymologyNamed after Atahualpa (ca. 1503-1533), the last Inca emperor. 
  • Myers, Charles W. 1969. South American snakes related to Lygophis boursieri: A reappraisal of Rhadinaea antioquiensis, Rhadinaea tristriata, Coronella whymperi, and Liophis atahuallpae. American Museum Novitates (2385): 1-27 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W. 1973. A new genus for Andean snakes related to Lygophis boursieri and a new species (Colubridae). American Museum Novitates (2522): 1-37 - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
  • Steindachner, F. 1901. Herpetologische und ichthyologische Ergebnisse einer Reise nach Südamerika mit einer Einleitung von Therese Prinzessin von Baiern. Anz. Akad. Wiss. Wien 38: 194-196. - get paper here
  • Steindachner, Franz 1902. Herpetologische und ichthyologische Ergebnisse einer Reise nach Südamerika mit einer Einleitung von Therese Prinzessin von Bayern. Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien (Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftliche Klasse) 72: 89–148 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • 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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