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Atractus nicefori AMARAL, 1930

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Northern Ground Snake 
SynonymAtractus nicefori AMARAL 1930: 28
Atractus nicefori — PASSOS & ARREDONDO 2009
Atractus nicefori — WALLACH et al. 2014: 77 
DistributionN Colombia (highlands, Antioquia)

Type locality: Jericó, Dep. de Antioquia, Colombia  
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-29058 
EtymologyNamed after Brother Niceforo Maria (1888-1980), born Antoine Rouhaire, a French missionary in Colombia (where he used his monastic name). He went from France to Medellin (1908) and was given the task offorming a natural history museum (1913) (after Beolens et al. 2011). 
  • Amaral,A. do 1930. Studies of neotropical Ophidia XVI. Two new snakes from Central Colombia. Bull. Antivenin Inst. America 4: 27-28
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Páez, V.P. et al. 2002. Guía de campo de algunas especies de anfibios y reptiles de Antioquia. Universidad de Antioquia, - 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
  • Passos, Paulo, Juan C. Arredondo, Ronaldo Fernandes and John D. Lynch 2009. Three new Atractus (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) from the Andes of Colombia. Copeia 2009 (3): 425-436 - get paper here
  • Passos, Paulo; Altagratia Chiesse, Omar Torres-Carvajal, and Jay M. Savage 2009. TESTING SPECIES BOUNDARIES WITHIN THE ATRACTUS OCCIPITOALBUS COMPLEX (SERPENTES: DIPSADIDAE). Herpetologica 65 (4): 384-403 - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • 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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