Alsophis rijgersmaei COPE, 1869
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Alsophis rijgersmaei?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Alsophiini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Anguilla Bank Racer, Anguilla Racer, Leeward Islands Racer|
|Synonym||Alsophis rijgersmaei COPE 1869:154|
Alsophis cinereus — GARMAN 1887: 282
Alsophis cinereus — BARBOUR 1923: 6
Alsophis rigersmaei —BARBOUR 1930
Alsophis rijersmai — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 575
Alsophis rijgersmaei — CROTHER 1999
Alsophis rijgersmaei — BREUIL 2002
Alsophis rijgersmaei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 24
|Distribution||Anguilla, St. Martin (= St. Maarten), St. Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Netherlands Antilles|
Type locality: St.-Martin and Anguilla.
|Types||Syntypes: ANSP 5411-16|
|Comment||Distribution: “So far as yet known, this distinct species is confined to the small island of St,. Martins, in the Spanish West Indies, which has an area of only about thirty square miles.|
|Etymology||Six specimeils were sent to the Academy Natural Sciences by Dr. R. E. Van Rijgersma of that island. I dedicate the species to him in recognition of his labors in endeavoring to lay a basis for the complete zoology of that island” (from COPE 1869: 155). Hendrik E. van Rijgersma (1835–1877), was a Dutch naturalist and physician who practiced medicine on St. Martin during 1863–1877 (Holthius 1959). He collected plants and animals and sent the latter to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.|
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