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Atropoides indomitus SMITH & FERRARI-CASTRO, 2008

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymAtropoides indomitus E.N. SMITH & FERRARI-CASTRO 2008
Atropoides mexicanus — ESPINAL et al. in JOHNSON et al. 2001: 103
Atropoides mexicanus — WILSON et al. in JOHNSON et al. 2001 (part.)
Atropoides mexicanus — MARINEROS 2000: 143 (part.)
Atropoides mexicanus — CAMPBELL and LAMAR 2004: 281 (part)
Atropoides occiduus — CASTOE et al. 2005: 884
Atropoides indomitus — JADIN et al. 2009
Atropoides indomitus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 85 
DistributionHonduras (Sierra de Botaderos and La Muralla)

Type locality: near the edge of Quebrada de Botaderos, Montaña de Botaderos, Departamento de Colón, Honduras, 670 m elevation (15°26’03.4” N, 86°08’37.3” W).  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-52952, an adult male, The University of Texas at Arlington, collected between 17 and 22 May 2002 by J. A. Ferrari-Castro. Paratype: USNM. 

Conservation: one of the 30 most endangered viper species (Maritz et al. 2016). 
Etymologyfrom the Latin adjective indomitabilis, meaning “that which can not be conquered.” This name is given for two reasons: to honor Hondurans, who maintain a strong spirit, despite extreme hardships, and to credit the project “Honduras Indomita” that lead to the discovery of this species. 
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  • Castoe, Todd A.; Mahmood M. Sasa and Christopher L. Parkinson 2005. Modeling nucleotide evolution at the mesoscale: The phylogeny of the Neotropical pitvipers of the Porthidium group (Viperidae: Crotalinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37 (3): 881-898 - get paper here
  • Jadin, Robert C.; Ronald L. Gutberlet Jr and Eric N. Smith 2010. Phylogeny, evolutionary morphology, and hemipenis descriptions of the Middle American jumping pitvipers (Serpentes: Crotalinae: Atropoides). J Zool Syst Evol Res 48(4): 360–365; doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0469.2009.00559.x - get paper here
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  • Marineros, Leonel 2000. Guia de las Serpientes de Honduras. Tegucigalpa, M.D.C., 252 pp.
  • Maritz, Bryan; Johannes Penner, Marcio Martins, Jelka Crnobrnja-Isailović, Stephen Spear, Laura R.V. Alencar, Jesús Sigala-Rodriguez, Kevin Messenger, Rulon W. Clark, Pritpal Soorae, Luca Luiselli, Chris Jenkins, Harry W. Greene 2016. Identifying global priorities for the conservation of vipers Biological Conservation, doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.05.004 - get paper here
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  • Medina-Flores, Melissa, Jorge Luis Murillo and Josiah H. Townsend. 2016. Geographic Distribution: Atropoides indomitus (Honduran Jumping Pitviper). Herpetological Review 47 (2): 261
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  • Solís, J. M., M. R. Espinal, E. Wostl, J. M. Mora, L. G. Zuniga, and J. Bonilla. 2017. New distribution and habitat records for Atropoides indomitus (Serpentes: Viperidae), a Honduran endemic. Honduras, Francisco Morazán, Choluteca. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 988–992 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
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