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A new species of Dendrophidion Serpentes Colubridae from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Northeastern Brazil

A new species of Dendrophidion Serpentes Colubridae from the Atlantic Rain Forest of Northeastern Brazil

Zootaxa 2719(10): 62-68

ISSN/ISBN: 1175-5326

A new species of Dendrophidion belonging to the D. dendrophis species group is described from Mata do Engenho Coimbra (08deg. 59 minute S, 35deg. 53 minute W; 526 m above sea level), Municipality of Ibateguara, in the Atlantic Rainforest remnants of the State of Alagoas, northeastern Brazil. Dendrophidion atlantica sp. nov. is characterized by having 154-163 ventral scales, 140-160 subcaudal scales, tail length 62.2-74.8% of snout-vent length, collar absent, head uniformly brown and dorsal ground color brown, paler on anterior third, with cream transversal lines (one half a scale long), bordered anteriorly and posteriorly by dark brown lines (one half a scale long), distributed from the neck to the tail; hemipenis single, subcylindrical, unicapitate, and unicalyculate; calyces large, well defined, papillate; a series of 12 large spines just below the capitulum, on the asulcate and lateral sides; a series of four spines, two large laterals and two small between them, in the basal region of the asulcate side of the organ body; two large spines on the lateral distal areas of the sulcate side of the hemipenial body; sulcus spermaticus centrolineal, bifurcating at the tip of the capitulum.

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