Rare Snake Species With Pitch Black Eyes Shows Covert Biodiversity

Posted: Dec 7 2015, 7:19am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Rare Snake Species with Pitch Black Eyes Shows Covert Biodiversity
This is Synophis bicolor, another species from the genus of the newly discovered snake. Credit: Dr. R. Alexander Pyron
  • Novel Snake Species shows Covert Biodiversity

An extremely rare and new species of snake with pitch black eyes from the Andes, South America shows covert biodiversity.

The snake species is extremely rare and shows that there yet exist species that have not been discovered by science. The colubrid serpent is something altogether new for its relatives have also not been found yet. It is thin and small in size.

Termed Synophis zaheri, it has a length of 40 cm. The neck is notable. The eyes are huge as compared to the body and seem to be bulbous. They comprise a third of its head. And they are black in color. It is a difficult proposition to tell the iris from the pupil.

The upper body of the snake is a combination of grey and brown and it is shiny. The bottom half is colored yellow and white. This snake shows a different form of spine. The scales are enlarged in size. Naming the snake species “Diaphorolepidini” means that it has “differentiated scales”.

The genus remains unknown though. Named after a Brazilian herpetologist named Zaher, this snake sure is a new find. The lack of clarity regarding the snake’s position in the system of animals is something which defies mankind’s categorizing capacity.

Taxonomy and the art of labeling have a history which goes a long way back in the past. And whereas the modern method of pigeonholing species is via a heuristic set up by Linnaeus, mankind has always liked to put a label on anything which moves or seem to.

But mostly these labels are not to be believed since they represent false dichotomies. They are in fact mere fables. As the saying goes: what a web we weave/ when it is we ourselves whom we deceive. By trying to find a clear-cut way of defining everything, the only thing we end up with is a veil of culture that is far removed from the natural order of things.

Think about it. Does a species or natural phenomenon need to consider the scientist’s textbooks before it decides to act on its instincts. The answer is a resounding “NO”. The universe is acting under its own unconscious agenda.

Nature is one large brute agency which does not need to consult our opinions before moving along in its pathways. That is why we need to be more and not less anthromorphic and anthropocentric in our approach. Maybe then we will have discovered a much more humane and natural mode of survival than the rape of the planet that is taking place thanks to our progressive drive today.

This study is published in the open-access journal ZooKeys.

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