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Atractus balzani BOULENGER, 1898

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBolivian Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus balzani BOULENGER 1898: 129
Atractus balzani — PETERS et al. 1970: 27
Atractus balzani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 69 
DistributionNW Bolivia (La Paz)

Type locality: Missiones Mosetenes, NW Bolivia [15°47’S, 66°58’W, ca. 517 m elevation]  
TypesHolotype: MSNG CE 28873, a 400 mm specimen (L. Balzan, 1892). 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Luigi Balzan (1865-1893), an Italian naturalist and collector of the holotype. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1898. A list of the reptiles and batrachians collected by the late Prof. L. Balzan in Boliva. Ann. Mus. Civ. Storia Nat. Genova (2) 19: 128-133 - get paper here
  • PASSOS, PAULO; VINÍCIUS SUDRÉ, GIULIANO DORIA & PATRICK D. CAMPBELL 2018. The taxonomic status of the “forgotten” Bolivian snakes, Atractus balzani Boulenger 1898 and Atractus maculatus (sensu Boulenger 1896) (Serpentes: Dipsadidae). Zootaxa 4438 (1): 176–182 - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Part II Lizards and Amphisbaenians. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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