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Chilabothrus fordii (GÜNTHER, 1861)

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Boinae), Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesChilabothrus fordii fordii (GÜNTHER 1861)
Chilabothrus fordii agametus (SHEPLAN & SCHWARTZ 1974)
Chilabothrus fordii manototus (SCHWARTZ 1979) 
Common NamesE: Hispaniolan Desert Boa, Ford’s Boa; agametus: Môle St.-Nicolas boa; manototus: Île à Caprit boa
G: Fords (Schlank-) Boa 
SynonymPelophilus fordii GÜNTHER 1861: 142
Pelophilus fordii GÜNTHER 1861: 189
Chilabothrus maculatus FISCHER 1888: 33
Epicrates fordi — BOULENGER 1893: 98
Epicrates fordi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 605
Epicrates fordii — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 197
Chilabothrus fordi — REYNOLDS et al. 2013
Epicrates fordii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 273

Chilabothrus fordii agametus (SHEPLAN & SCHWARTZ 1974)
Epicrates fordii agametus SHEPLAN & SCHWARTZ 1974
Epicrates fordii agametus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988

Chilabothrus fordii manototus (SCHWARTZ 1979)
Epicrates fordi manototus SCHWARTZ 1979
Epicrates fordi manototus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1988 
DistributionHispaniola (Haiti, Dominican Republic)

fordi: Plaine de Cul de Sac-Valle de Neiba in Haiti and Repûblica Dominicana; Cap-Haïtien in northern Haiti; Île de la Gonâve; Isla Saona. Type locality: "Western Africa"; restricted by Sheplan and Schwartz, 1974, to the vicinity of Port-au-Prince, Département de l'Ouest, Haiti, but corrected to "República Dominicana" by Wetherbee, 1987.

agametus: Haiti; Type locality: "Môle St.-Nicolas, Département du Nord-Ouest, Haiti.”

manototus: Haiti, Île à Cabrit; Type locality: "Île à Cabrit, Departement de l'Ouest, Haiti”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.1.55
Holotype: MCZ 62656 [agametus]
Holotype: CM 60519 [manototus] 
CommentFor illustrations see Cochran, 1941; Mehrtens, 1987; Tolson, 1987.

Max total length: 120 cm. 
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