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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: South American Sipo
Portuguese: cipó, cobra-cipó, cobra-cipó verde 
SynonymChironius foveatus BAILEY 1955: 10
Chironius foveatus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 60
Chironius multiventris foveatus — DIXON et al. 1993: 164
Chironius foveatus — BÉRNILS et al. 2001
Chironius foveatus — HOLLIS 2006
Chironius foveatus — CRUZ CENTENO et al. 2008
Chironius foveatus — KLACZKO et al. 2010
Chironius foveatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 160 
DistributionCoast of Brazil (Santa Catarina, Espírito Santo)

Type locality: Rio Fortuna, Ilhéus, Bahia.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: MNRJ 1840 
CommentDiagnosis: This is the only race of Ch. multiventris with a combination of 163-174 ventrals, yellow-olive ventrals and subcaudals wilh a distinct dark edging, and a high incidence of only one apical pit per dorsal scale on neck region and on paravertebrals for length of snake [DIXON et al. 1993] 
EtymologyThe name foveatus stems from “fovea” meaning pit or fossa, which refers to the presence of a large apical pit on the paravertebral scales tbroughout the length of the snake. 
References
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