Sunday, May 13, 2018

[Herpetology • 2018] Morphological Variation of the Rare Psammophilous Species Apostolepis gaboi (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini)

Apostolepis gaboi  Rodrigues, 1992

in Guedes, Barbo, França & Zaher, 2018.


Apostolepis gaboi was described based only on the holotype found in the Queimadas, state of Bahia, northeastern Brazil. Since its original description, no additional specimens were reported in literature and the species was considered to be rare and poorly known. Here, we provide a detailed description for the species based on the examination of the holotype and 34 additional specimens from the type locality and adjacent areas. Additional information is also provided on intraspecific color variation and hemipenial morphology.

Keywords: Caatinga, color pattern, endemism, hemipenial morphology, intraspecific variation, Reptilia

FIGURE 2. General view of the holotype of Apostolepis gaboi (MZUSP 10290) in life from Queimadas, municipality of Pilão Arcado, state of Bahia, Brazil.
Photo by Miguel Rodrigues.

Thaís Guedes, Fausto Erritto Barbo, Daniella França and Hussam Zaher. 2018. Morphological Variation of the Rare Psammophilous Species Apostolepis gaboi (Serpentes, Dipsadidae, Elapomorphini).  Zootaxa. 4418(5); 469–480. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4418.5.4

Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade - Répteis - Apostolepis gaboi  @ICMBio