TABLE 1

COMPARISON OF S. HUNSAKERI, S. LICKI AND S. ORCUTTI*

Character state hunsakeri licki orcutti

Snout-vent length, max. 87 mm (85) 78 mm (8) 109 mm (28)
Posterior supraocular
contacting superciliary
62(66) 94% 0(16)0% 3(20) 15%
Supernumeraries between
supraoculars & superciliaries**
0-6(1.9) (33) 0-6 (3.1) (16)

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Specimens with internasal scale deviations 1 (33) 6(8) 9(10)
Subnasal present 43(66) 65.2% 6(16) 37.5% 18(20) 90%
Preocular divided horizontally 47(65) 72.3% 2(16) 12.5%

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Scales between postparietals 2-5(3.5) (33) 2-3(2.9) (8) 2-4(2.6) (10)
Single scales between subocular and supralabials 0-4(1.9) (65) (94.9% 1 or more) 0-2(0.8) (16)

 

0-1 + (23.8% 1 or more)
Scales in preanal escutcheon
65 mm + s-v ♂♂
7-19(11.7) 4-7(4.6)

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Frontoparietals separated (33) 33(33) 100%

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43(61) 70.5%
Adult ground color ♂ iridescent bronze-green to blue;  ♀ dull, slaty dark green to brown ♂♀ rich tan to brown;
♂ overwashed bluish-purplish iridescence
diagonally cross-barred
Dorsolateral stripe, light tan to cream none 2 scales wide on neck, wider, less sharply defined toward pelvis none
Black shoulder patch no center spot;
white rear border
white to iridescent blue center spot tan rear border

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Gular pattern bars; rarely parallel paramedian lines; ad. 66 mostly or all black-suffused bars; often parallel paramedian lines; never black-suffused no black suffusion
Lateral belly patches ♂♂ fused with gular patches;
darkest laterally or all dark
not fused; darkest medially not fused; no black suffusion
Habitat petricolous, low to intermediate altitude arboricolous, intermediate to high altitude petricolous
Reaction very wary easily approached very wary

* Parenthetic figures means and total specimens (or sides) counted.

** The small scales exceeding 1 complete row