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Dendrophidion atlantica FREIRE, CARAMASCHI & GONÇALVES, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Atlantic Forest Racer 
SynonymDendrophidion atlantica FREIRE, CARAMASCHI & GONÇALVES 2010
Dendrophidion atlantica — WALLACH et al. 2014: 224
Dendrophidion atlantica — NOGUEIRA et al. 2019 
DistributionNE Brazil (Alagoas, Pernambuco)

Type locality: Mata do Engenho Coimbra (08°59’S, 35°53’W; 526 m elevation  
TypesHolotype: MNRJ 17018, adult male, collected by Ubiratan Gonçalves on 05 December 2006. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dendrophidion atlantica sp. nov. is characterized by having 154–163 ventral scales, 140–160 subcaudal scales, tail length 62.2–74.8% of snout–vent length, collar absent, head uniformly brown and dorsal ground color brown, paler on anterior third, with cream transversal lines (one half a scale long), bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by dark brown lines (one half a scale long), distributed from the neck to the tail; hemipenis single, subcylindrical, unicapitate, and unicalyculate; calyces large, well defined, papillate; a series of 12 large spines just below the capitulum, on the asulcate and lateral sides; a series of four spines, two large laterals and two small between them, in the basal region of the asulcate side of the organ body; two large spines on the lateral distal areas of the sulcate side of the hemipenial body; sulcus spermaticus centrolineal, bifurcating at the tip of the capitulum. 
EtymologyThe specific name, used as a noun in apposition, is an allusion to the disjunct occurrence of this new species in the Atlantic Rain Forest. 
  • ANDRADE LIMA, J.H., DIAS, E.G., COSTA, R.D.L., SILVA, F.J., LIMA, E.S.M., SANTOS, E.M., KOKUBUM, M.N.C. 2021. Lizards and snakes of Refúgio de Vida Silvestre Matas do Siriji, an Atlantic Forest hotspot of the Pernambuco Endemism Center, Northeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica 21 (2): e20201106 - get paper here
  • Dubeux, M. J. M., Araújo Neto, J. V. D., Triburcio, I. C. S., Lisboa, B. S., Torquato, S., Freitas, M. A. D., ... & Mott, T. 2022. A “hotspot” within a hotspot: the reptiles of the Estação Ecológica and Área de Proteção Ambiental de Murici, Atlantic Forest of northeastern Brazil. Biota Neotropica, 22: 1-14 - get paper here
  • FREIRE, ELIZA MARIA XAVIER; ULISSES CARAMASCHI & UBIRATAN GONÇALVES 2010. A new species of Dendrophidion (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Northeastern Brazil. Zootaxa 2719: 62–68 - get paper here
  • Morato, Sérgio Augusto Abrahão; Guilherme Nunes Ferreira; Michela Rossane Cavilha Scupino (eds.) 2018. Herpetofauna da Amazônia Central: Estudos na FLONA de Saracá-Taquera. Curitiba, Pr: STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda.; Porto Trombetas, Pa: MRN – Mineração Rio do Norte S.A., 2018.<br />210p. - get paper here
  • Nacimento, Vanessa and Ednilza Maranhao Dos Santos. 2016. Geographic Distribution: Dendrophidion atlantica. Herpetological Review 47 (2): 261 - get paper here
  • Nascimento-Barbosa, Vanessa do; Jéssica Monique da Silva Amaral, Luiz Felipe Lira Lima, Rafaela Cândido França, Frederico Gustavo Rodrigues França, Ednilza Maranhão dos Santos 2019. A case of melanism in Dendrophidion atlantica Freire, Caramaschi & Gonçalves, 2010 (Colubridae) from Northeastern Brazil. Herpetology Notes 12: 109-111 - 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
  • OLIVEIRA, P.M.A., MELLO, A.V.A., DUBEUX, M.J.M., OLIVEIRA, S.B.A., LOURENÇO, G.F., NUNES, P.M.S. 2021. Herpetofauna of Matas de Água Azul, an Atlantic Forest remnant in Serra do Mascarenhas, Pernambuco state, Brazil. Biota Neotropica 21 (2): e20201063 - 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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