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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesPortuguese: Cobrinha-da-Terra 
SynonymApostolepis nelsonjorgei DE LEMA & RENNER 2004
Apostolepis nelsonjorgei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 52
Apostolepis nelsonjorgei — NOGUEIRA et al. 2019 
DistributionC Brazil (N of Goiás to Tocantins)

Type locality: Minacu Goiás  
TypesHolotype: CEPB (formerly UHESM) 14414, adult female, from Minaçu Goias. The remainder specimens were considered paratypes (Appendix I). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: The most similar species is A. nigroterminata from that differs by head elongated and the same diameter of the neck (contra head larger than neck), pillum uniformly blackish brown (contra pillum with many brown dots spurring, mainly in parietals), cream supralabial blotch rectangular triangle like (contra equilateral triangle), last subcaudal scales black (contra subcaudals and terminal white ventrally), and ventral and subcaudal scales in high number, 222-244 and 40-46 (contra 207-235 and 26-28). From the other species of the genus Apostolepis with five striped dorsal coloration, mainly by the peculiar head shape (long and angular). 
CommentHabitat: Cerrado covered by forests, region of the Tocantins basin. 
EtymologyThe name is an homage to Dr. Nelson Jorge da Silva Jr. by their studies on neotropical herpetology, and collaboration with us. 
  • ALBUQUERQUE, NELSON RUFINO DE & THALES DE LEMA 2012. Description of the second known specimen of Apostolepis intermedia (Serpentes, Colubridae, Xenodontinae). Zootaxa 3325: 53–58 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Curcio, Felipe Franco; Pedro M. Sales Nunes, Michael B. Harvey, and Miguel T. Rodrigues 2011. Redescription of Apostolepis longicaudata (Serpentes: Xenodontinae) with Comments on Its Hemipenial Morphology and Natural History. Herpetologica 67 (3): 318-331. - get paper here
  • Entiauspe-Neto, O. M., Koch, C., Guedes, T. B., Paredero, R. C., Tiutenko, A., & Loebmann, D. 2022. Unveiling an enigma from the Cerrado: taxonomic revision of two sympatric species of Apostolepis Cope, 1862 (Dipsadidae: Xenodontinae: Elapomorphini) from central Brazil. European Journal of Taxonomy, 817, 143-182 - get paper here
  • FRANÇA, DANIELLA. P. F.; FAUSTO E. BARBO, NELSON J. SILVA-JÚNIOR, HELDER L. R. SILVA, HUSSAM ZAHER 2018. A new species of Apostolepis (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini) from the Cerrado of Central Brazil. Zootaxa 4521 (4): 438-552 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Lema, T. de & M. F. Renner 2004. New species of Apostolepis from Alto Tocantins, Brazil, with comments on the striped pattern species (Serpentes, Elapomorphinae). Biociências 12(2): 139-145
  • 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
  • RECODER, R.S.,TEIXEIRA JUNIOR, M., CAMACHO, A., NUNES, P.M.S., MOTT, T., VALDUJO, P.H., GHELLERE, J.M., NOGUEIRA, C. & RODRIGUES, M.T. 2011. Reptiles of Serra Geral do Tocantins Ecological Station, Central Brazil. Biota Neotrop. 11(1): - 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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