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Chersodromus rubriventris (TAYLOR, 1949)

IUCN Red List - Chersodromus rubriventris - Endangered, EN

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Redbelly Earth Runner
S: Corredora de Panza Roja 
SynonymSchmidtophis rubriventris TAYLOR 1949
Chersodromus rubriventris — LINER 1994
Chersodromus rubriventris — LINER 2007
Chersodromus rubriventris — WALLACH et al. 2014: 159 
DistributionMexico (Querétaro, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí), elevation 700–1650 m

Type locality: near Xilitla (Xilitla Region) San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  
TypesType: LSUM R. 577, Louisiana State University. Collected by Charles Shaw. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Characters of the genus. A very broad rostral one third broader than high, one subtriangular supraocular; one postocular much higher than long; frontal as long as its distance from intemasals; body scales lightly keeled, save entire outer row, and part of second row; no primary temporal. Body black, venter pink, a white band across middle of parietals joining the white of throat. Scales in 15 rows; 6-6 supralabials. Ventrals, 125, caudals, 41 (from TAYLOR 1949). 
CommentHabitat: cloud forest

Conservation: IUCN: endangered (En) 
EtymologyThe specific name is from the Latin words rubra, meaning "red" and venter, meaning "belly or venter." 
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  • Cruz-Elizalde R, Ramírez-Bautista A, Pineda-López R, Mata-Silva V, DeSantis DL, García-Padilla E, Johnson JD, Rocha A, Fucsko LA, Wilson LD. 2022. The herpetofauna of Querétaro, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 16(1) [General Section]: 148–192 (e308) - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. and Julio A. Lemos-Espinal 2010. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Queretaro, Mexico. Tlalnepantla UNAM, 428 pp.
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Woolrich-Piña GA 2018. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 753: 83-106 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A. and James R. Dixon 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí. Eagle Mountain Publishing, xii + 300 pp.
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A., Geoffrey R. Smith 2015. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Check List 11 (3): 1642 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Taylor,E.H. 1949. A preliminary account of the herpetology of the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (2): 169-215 - get paper here
  • Tepos-Ramírez M, Garduño-Fonseca FS, Peralta-Robles CA, García-Rubio OR, Cervantes Jiménez R 2023. Annotated checklist of amphibians and reptiles from Querétaro, Mexico, including new records, and comments on controversial species. Check List 19(2): 269-292 - 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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