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Atractus erythromelas BOULENGER, 1903

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Red-black Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus erythromelas BOULENGER 1903: 483
Atractus erythromelas — ROZE 1966: 80
Atractus erythromelas — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 29
Atractus erythromelas — KORNACKER 1999: 64
Atractus erythromelas — PASSOS & ARREDONDO 2009
Atractus erythromelas — WALLACH et al. 2014: 72 
DistributionVenezuela (Merida)

Type locality: Mérida, Estado de Mérida, Venezuela.  
TypesTypes: BMNH 1946.1.7.12-19 (and possibly additional specimens). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Esqueda & LA MARCA 2005: 5 (pdf password-protected, hence no text available). 
Etymologynamed after the Greek words “erythros” (= red) and “melas” (= black, dark), referring to its reddish belly with black spots. 
  • Boulenger, George A. 1903. On some batrachians and reptiles from Venezuela. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (7) 11 (65): 481-484 - get paper here
  • Esqueda, L.F. & E. La Marca 2005. Revisión taxonómica y biogeográfica (con descripción de cinco nuevas especies) de serpientes del género Atractus (Colubridae: Dipsadinae) en los Andes de Venezuela. Herpetotropicos 2 (1): 1-32 - get paper here
  • Kornacker,P.M. 1999. Checklist and key to the snakes of Venezuela. PaKo-Verlag, Rheinbach, Germany, 270 pp.
  • Lancini,A.R. & Kornacker,P.M. 1989. Die Schlangen von Venezuela. Armitano Editores C.A., Caracas, 1-381
  • Natera-Mumaw, Marco; Luis Felipe Esqueda-González & Manuel Castelaín-Fernández 2015. Atlas Serpientes de Venezuela. Santiago de Chile, Dimacofi Negocios Avanzados S.A., 456 pp. - get paper here
  • Passos, P. & Arredondo, J.C. 2009. Rediscovery and redescription of the Andean earth-snake Atractus wagleri (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae). Zootaxa 1969: 59–68 - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
  • Roze, J. A. 1966. La Taxonomía y Zoogeografla de los Ofidios de Venezuela. Univ. Central Venezuela, 362 pp.
  • Roze, Jánis A. 1961. El genero Atractus (Serpentes: Colubridae) en Venezuela. Acta Biologica Venezuelica 3 (7): 103-119
  • 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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