Pseudalsophis darwini ZAHER, YÁNEZ-MUÑOZ, RODRIGUES, GRABOSKI, MACHADO, ALTAMIRANO-BENAVIDES, BONATTO & GRAZZIOTIN, 2018
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pseudalsophis darwini?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Pseudalsophis darwini ZAHER, YÁNEZ-MUÑOZ, RODRIGUES, GRABOSKI, MACHADO, ALTAMIRANO-BENAVIDES, BONATTO & GRAZZIOTIN 2018|
|Distribution||Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador (Isabela = Albemarle, Fernandina = Narborough, Tortuga = Brattle Islands)|
Type locality: Tortuga Island
|Types||Holotype: MECN (was DHMECN) 12703 (field number 1049), an adult male, collected on 12 June 2008 (Fig. 8).|
PARATYPES: MECN (was DHMECN) 12704 (Field number 1078), a male from Isabela Island, collected at Puerto Villamil on 21 June 2008; MZUSP 22564 (Field number 1064), a female from Isabela Island, collected at Piedra Blanca (00° 07’ 27’’ N, 91° 23’ 45’’ W) on 16 June 2008; MZUSP 22563 (Field number 1048), a female from Tortuga Island (no GPS point registered), collected on 12 June 2008.
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS: A small insular species of Pseudalsophis that differs from all other species of the genus by the following unique combination of characters: ventral counts in females 171–179 and males 175–181; subcaudal counts in females 82–94 and males 95–100; edge of the capitulum on its asulcate side squared instead of rounded; capitular groove forming a sharp constriction on the organ. Further differs from P. hephaestus sp. nov. by its dorsum colour pattern of transversal bands that are disposed in an inverted ‘Y-shape’ condition.|
|Etymology||The specific name, a noun in the genitive case, honours Charles Darwin for his invaluable contribution to our knowledge of the Galapagos Archipelago and to Science.|