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Sibon marleyae ARTEAGA & BATISTA, 2023

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymSibon marleyae ARTEAGA & BATISTA 2023: 20 
DistributionColombia, Ecuador

Type locality: Verdecanandé, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (0.52395, -79.01233; 344 m a.s.l.)  
Reproductionoviparous. One female from the type locality laid two eggs in a terrarium. After an incubation period of 80 days, one of the eggs hatched (Arteaga & Batista 2023). 
TypesHolotype: ZSFQ 5065 (Figs 2g, 5d, 8), adult male collected by Amanda Quezada, Eric Osterman, and Regdy Vera in December 2021 at Verdecanandé, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (0.52395, -79.01233; 344 m a.s.l.).
Paratypes: MZUTI 3034, adult male collected by Jaime Culebras on 22 July 2013 at Reserva Itapoa, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (0.51307, -79.13401; 321 m a.s.l.). ICN 10834, adult male collected at San José del Palmar, Chocó department, Colombia (4.96841, -76.22751; 1338 m a.s.l.). ZSFQ 5069, adult male collected by Jose Vieira, Daniela Franco, and Alex Mora on 4 December 2019 at Reserva Biológica Canandé, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (0.49531, -79.17832; 560 m a.s.l.). ZSFQ 5067, adult female collected by Jose Vieira, Frank Pichardo, and Matteo Espinosa at Durango, Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador (1.04161, -78.62658; 245 m a.s.l.). CPZUV 04567, adult female collected by Andrés Gómez Figueroa at Tamboral, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia. CZI-R009, adult female collected by Santiago Orozco on 9 September 2018 at Campamento Yatacué, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia (3.57472, -76.87777; 598 m a.s.l.). CZI-R051, adult female collected by Santiago Orozco on 16 June 2019 at Represa Murrapal, Valle del Cauca department, Colombia (3.55283, -76.98077; 321 m a.s.l.). 
CommentBehavior: When threatened, individuals may hide the head among body coils and produce a musky and distasteful odor (Arteaga & Batista 2023). 
EtymologyThe specific epithet marleyae is a patronym honoring a young nature lover, Marley Sheth, the 11-year old daughter of Brian and Adria Sheth, both long-time supporters of biodiversity conservation around the world. 
  • Arteaga, A., & Batista, A. 2023.  A consolidated phylogeny of snail-eating snakes (Serpentes, Dipsadini), with the description of five new species from Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama. ZooKeys, 1143: 1-49 - get paper here
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