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Atractus taphorni SCHARGEL & GARCÍA-PÉREZ, 2002

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymAtractus taphorni SCHARGEL & GARCÍA-PÉREZ 2002
Atractus taphorni — PASSOS et al. 2009
Atractus taphorni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 81 
DistributionVenezuela (Mérida: Cordillera de Mérida)

Type locality: La Carbonera, Cordillera de Mérida, 2200 m, Mérida, Venezuela (8°37’52’’ N, 71°22’08’’ W)  
TypesHolotype: MCNG 1905 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Esqueda & LA MARCA 2005: 22 (pdf password-protected, hence no text available). 
EtymologyNamed after Donal C. Taphorn, founder of the Museum of Zoology of the Biocentro-UNELLEZ (MCNG). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Schargel, Walter E. and Juan E. García-Pérez 2002. A new species and a new record of Atractus (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Andes of Venezuela. Journal of Herpetology 36 (3): 398-402 - 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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