Thamnosophis mavotenda GLAW, NAGY, KÖHLER, FRANZEN & VENCES, 2009
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|Higher Taxa||Pseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Thamnosophis mavotenda GLAW, NAGY, KÖHLER, FRANZEN & VENCES 2009|
Thamnosophis mavotenda — WALLACH et al. 2014: 728
|Distribution||N Madagascar (Mahajanga)|
Type locality: western Madagascar, Mahajanga Province, Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park, Bendrao forest, 18°47’ 04’’ S, 44° 51’ 37’’ E, 427 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: ZSM 127/2006 (FGZC 0922), adult male; collected by F. Glaw, J. Köhler, P. Bora & H. Enting, 26.03.2006|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: The male holotype of Thamnosophis mavotenda sp. n. differs from males of T. stumpfﬁ, T. epistibes, T. lateralis, and T. infrasignatus by a higher number of ventrals (188 vs. 141–166) and subcaudals (110 vs. 66–104) (see Table 2 in Glaw et al. 2005). In addition, it differs from T. stumpfﬁ by its extensive dark spots and stripes on the venter (vs. venter immaculate). The new species is virtually identical to its presumed sister species, T. martae, with regard to standard scale counts. For better comparisons, we were able to examine ﬁve additional individuals of T. martae (previously known from the holotype only; Table 2) which had been obtained during recent ﬁeld surveys in Foret d’Ambre and Montagne des Franc¸ ais of northern Madagascar (see also D’Cruze et al. 2007, 2008). Morphometric data for these specimens are presented in Table 2; for collection data see Table 1. The holotype of T. mavotenda sp. n. differs from the adult specimens of T. martae by a more slender head (relative head width 1.9% of SVL vs. 2.0–2.5% in T. martae), by yellow colouration of labials and lateral neck (vs. greyish in life), a long postocular bar that is nearly conﬂuent with the lateral markings (Figs. 4B, 5A; vs. postocular bar and lateral markings separated, Fig. 5C), a broad median dorsal stripe covering 5–6 dorsals (vs. 2–3 dorsals, if present), a greenish-brown ground colouration (vs. brown), a heavily blotched ventral side without distinct lateral rows of spots (vs. dusted with tiny markings and distinct lateral spots), and a palecoloured ventral side of the tail with isolated dark blotches (vs. intensive dark dusting). Since only a single specimen of T. mavotenda was available, the signiﬁcance of all described colour differences and of the minor differences in head proportions requires conﬁrmation from additional specimens, which might show some degree of intraspeciﬁc variability (see Cadle 1996). On the other hand, T. martae and T. mavotenda show substantial genetic differentiation as well.|
|Etymology||The speciﬁc epithet is derived from the Malagasy word “mavo’’ (yellow) and ‘‘tenda’’ (throat) and refers to the yellow throat of the holotype. It is to be treated as a noun in apposition for the purposes of nomenclature.|
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