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Cerrophidion godmani (GÜNTHER, 1863)

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Higher TaxaViperidae, Crotalinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Godman's Montane Pit Viper
G: Godman-Berggrubenotter 
SynonymBothriechis godmanni GÜNTHER 1863
Lachesis godmani BOULENGER 1896
Bothrops godmani GÜNTHER 1863
Bothriechis trianguligera FISCHER 1883: 13
Trimeresurus godmani — POPE 1955
Porthidium godmani — CAMPBELL & LAMAR 1989: 315
Cerrophidion godmani — CAMPBELL & LAMAR 1992
Cerrophidion godmani — LINER 1994
Porthidium godmani — WELCH 1994: 101
Cerrophidion godmani — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 274
Porthidium godmani — PORRAS & SOLORZANO 2006
Cerrophidion godmani — JADIN et al. 2011
Cerrophidion godmani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 156 
DistributionSE Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), Guatemala

Type locality: Totonicapam, Totonicapam, Guatemala (fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1950).  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 

Habitat: terrestrial

Distribution: populations from south of Guatemala have been described as a new species, C. sasai by JADIN et al. 2012. Map in JADIN et al. 2012 (e.g. reported from Costa Rica by Solorzano 2004.)

Type species: Bothriechis godmanni GÜNTHER 1863 is the type species of the genus Cerrophidion CAMPBELL & LAMAR, 1992. 
EtymologyEtymology (genus): The generic name comes from the Spanish cerro, meaning mountain, an allusion to the habitat, and the Greek ophidion, meaning small snake (Campbell & Lamar, 1992). 
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