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Drymoluber apurimacensis LEHR, CARRILLO & HOCKING, 2004

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Apurímac Woodland Racer 
SynonymDrymoluber apurimacensis LEHR, CARRILLO & HOCKING 2004
Drymoluber apurimacensis — COSTA et al. 2013
Drymoluber apurimacensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 247 
DistributionPeru (Apurímac), elevation 1920–3300 m.

Type locality: Abancay (13° 38’ 38’’ S, 72° 52’ 33’’ W), Provincia de Abancay, Dep. de Apurímac.  
TypesHolotype: MUSM (= MHNSM) 20672, juv. female (Museu de Historia Natural Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Drymoluber apurimacensis is distinguished from all other species of Drymoluber by the following combination of characters (characters of D. dichrous and D. brazili, respectively, in parentheses): scale rows 13–13–13 (15–15–15, 17–17–15), temporals 112/112 (212/212), maxillary teeth 14–16 (18–24, Amaral, 1930) dorsal coloration of juveniles with narrow, 1.0–1.5 scales wide, black transversal blotches reaching the outer edges of ventrals (D. dichrous: narrow, 0.5–1.0 scales wide, pale grey to white blotches reaching the outer edges of ventrals; D. brazili: narrow, 0.5–2.0 scales wide, pale grey to white blotches reaching the outer edges of ventrals), and broader, 2.0–2.5 scales wide, hazelnut brown interspaces (D. dichrous: broader dark grey interspaces 3.0–4.5 scales wide; D. brazili: broader dark brown interspaces 2.0–3.5 scales wide), ventral coloration pale grey, dorsal coloration of adults olive-grey (olive-brown, olive-green), labials and throat pale grey (yellow), ventral coloration yellowish grey (yellow, olive to yellow). 
EtymologyNamed after the Quechuan words “apu”, referring to the maighty mountains, and “rimac”, which means “speaking”. Apurímac means “the mountains spirit that speaks” and is also the name of the Peruvian Departamento where the type was found. 
  • Brito, Lucas; Felipe Telles, Igor Roberto, Samuel Ribeiro and Paulo Cascon. 2012. Different foraging strategies within congenerics? The diet of Proceratophrys cristiceps (Müller, 1883) from a dry forest in northeast Brazil. Herpetology Notes 6: 85-89.
  • CALDEIRA-COSTA, HENRIQUE; MÁRIO RIBEIRO MOURA, RENATO NEVES FEIO 2013. Taxonomic revision of Drymoluber Amaral, 1930 (Serpentes: Colubridae). Zootaxa 3716 (3): 349–394 - get paper here
  • Lehr, E.; Carrillo, N. & Hocking, P. 2004. New species of Drymoluber (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) from Southeastern Peru. Copeia 2004 (1): 46-52 - 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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