Rediscovery and redescription of the rare, critically endangered snake Emmochliophis miops (Serpentes: Colubridae), with comments on its natural history, distribution, and phylogenetic relationships

Authors

  • Luis Enrique Vera-Pérez Independent researcher
  • Patrick D. Campbell Natural History Museum. Department of Life Sciences
  • Giovanna Gondim Montingelli Universidade de São Paulo. Museu de Zoologia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v19i1p3-12

Keywords:

Andean Shadow Snakes, Colombia, Diaphorolepidini, Ecuador, hemipenes, Parque Nacional Natural Munchique

Abstract

Rediscovery and redescription of the rare, critically endangered snake Emmochliophis miops (Serpentes: Colubridae), with comments on its natural history, distribution, and phylogenetic relationships. The description of Emmochliophis miops is based on a single specimen from the Andean slopes of northwest Ecuador collected in 1897. The species had not been collected again until October 2017, when two individuals were found on the western slopes of the Cordillera Occidental of Colombia; this rediscovery is the first record of this species in this country. Herein, the holotype and the new specimens are examined, and a new diagnosis and description of E. miops are provided. Important data about the natural history and conservation status of the species, and comments on the systematic relationships of Diaphorolepis, Emmochliophis and Synophis are presented.

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Published

2020-06-29

How to Cite

Vera-Pérez, L. E., Campbell, P. D., & Montingelli, G. G. (2020). Rediscovery and redescription of the rare, critically endangered snake Emmochliophis miops (Serpentes: Colubridae), with comments on its natural history, distribution, and phylogenetic relationships. Phyllomedusa: Journal of Herpetology, 19(1), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.2316-9079.v19i1p3-12

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