Boa orophias LINNAEUS, 1758
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|Higher Taxa||Boidae (Boinae), Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Tet’chien or St. Lucian Boa|
G: San Lucia Boa
|Synonym||Boa Orophias LINNAEUS 1758: 215|
? Boa diviniloqua — TYLER 1850: 133
Boa diviniloqua — COPE 1893: 429
Boa diviniloqua — BOULENGER 1893: 118 (non LAURENTI 1768)
Constrictor constrictor orophias — AMARAL 1929: 142
Constrictor constrictor orophias — LAZELL 1964: 261
Boa constrictor orophias — STIMSON 1969
Boa constrictor orophias — REICHLING 1991
Boa constrictor orophias — BINDER & LAMP 2007
Boa orophias — BONNY 2007
Boa orophias — REYNOLDS & HENDERSON 2018: 8
Boa orophias — MURPHY & CRUTCHFIELD 2019
Boa orophias — HEDGES et al. 2019
Type locality: Praslin, St. Lucia.
|Types||Holotype: NRM, given as Museum de Geer (Andersson 1899, Reynolds & Henderson 2018)|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A Constrictor with a prominent snout and a convex canthus; 65 to 75 dorsal scale rows at midbody, 270 to 288 ventrals, and 27 to 31 distinct, subrectangular, dark dorsal saddles to the level of the anus; dorsal ground color rich brown; venter white with black or grey spotting pronounced; subocular stripe distinct and complete; loreal stripe largely obsolete; dark pigment on chin and infralabials not closely corresponding to the facial stripes [Lazell 1964: 261].|
|Comment||See also B. constrictor.|
|Etymology||The generic name is derived from the Latin word boa, meaning "large water snake." Linnaeus obviously did not know whether this species lived in water or not. |
However, Fretey 2019 stated that it stems from Latin bos, ‘cow’; ‘kind of snake’ because it feeds first by sucking cows according to Pliny the elder (Liber 8.14).
The specific epithet comes from the Latin word constrictus, meaning "to constrict or contract."
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