Title

New Species of Drymoluber (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) from Southeastern Peru

Comments

Copeia is published by The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, http://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/.

Abstract

A new species of colubrid snake, genus Drymoluber, is described from three localities (1920-3300 m elevation) in southeastern Peru (Departamento de Apurimac), The characteristics of the new species include dorsal scales smooth with two apical pits, in 13 rows throughout body; 14-16 maxillary teeth; one preocular; two postoculars; One anterior and two posterior temporals; anal plate entire; ventrals 158-182; subcaudals 82-92; and a dorsal pattern of transverse blackish blotches (1,0-1,5 scales wide) and narrower hazelnut brown interspaces (2.0-2.5 scales wide) in juveniles, whereas adults are dorsally uniform olive-grey and ventrally yeUowish-grey. The new species differs from all species of the genus in number of dorsal scales, number of temporals, number of maxillary teeth, and in several aspects of coloration and pattern.

Disciplines

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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