Geophis tectus SAVAGE & WATLING, 2008
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Geophis tectus SAVAGE & WATLING 2008|
Geophis brachycephalus — DUNN 1942: 4 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — DOWNS 1967: 146 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — SAVAGE 2002: 604 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — MYERS 2003: 37 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — SOLÓRZANO 2004: 276 (in part)
Geophis tectus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 306
Type locality: La Loma (= Buena Vista), Distrito de Chiriquí Grande, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, Panama; c. 8°50′N, 82°13′W (300 m elevation).
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 19326, an adult male collected by E. R. Dunn and Chester B. Duryea, some time in July–August 1923. |
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: This species differs from other members of the G. brachycephalus complex by having high numbers of subcaudals in females and in lacking sexual dimorphism in ventral counts (Table 4). It is characterized by having the following combination of features: (1) 137–138.5 ± 0.9–140 ventrals in males, 138 in the female; 44–47.0 ± 2.4–50 subcaudals in males, 43 in the female; 183–185.5 ± 1.9–188 total segmentals in males, 181 in the female; (2) uniform black dorsum and upper surface of tail or with the light blotched/banded pattern on posterior two-thirds of body and light markings on upper surface of tail (light markings probably red in life); (3) hemipenes simple, capitulum moderately long but slender, about 2.5 times as long as the short truncus on the asulcate side (Myers, 2003).|
See also Savage 2008: 585 for a more recent description.
|Etymology||The speciﬁc name is from the Latin tectus meaning secret or disguised in allusion to this species being concealed under the name G. brachycephalus for over 90 years.|
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