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Clelia equatoriana (AMARAL, 1924)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesEquatorial Mussurana 
SynonymBarbourina equatoriana AMARAL 1924: 201
Clelia clelia scytalina — DUNN 1944: 201
Clelia equatoriana — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 64
Clelia equatoriana — ZAHER 1996
Clelia equatoriana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 170 
DistributionE Costa Rica, E Panama, NW Ecuador, Colombia (Caldas,Valle del Cauca etc.), Peru (Piura)

Type locality: Guayaquil, Ecuador Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
TypesHolotype: USNM 62790 
CommentSimilar species: Clelia equatoriana is often confounded with Clelia clelia. However, Clelia equatoriana has dorsal scale in 17 rows at midbody vs 19 in Clelia clelia (Peters & Orejas-Miranda 1970).
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  • Arteaga AF, Bustamante-Enríquez LM and Guayasamin JM 2013. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo. - get paper here
  • Castro-Herrera, F. & Vargas-Salinas, F. 2008. Anfibios y reptiles en el departamento del Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Biota Colombiana 9 (2): 251 - 277 - get paper here
  • Chávez-Arribasplata, Juan C.; Diego Vásquez, Claudia Torres, Lourdes Y. Echevarría, and Pablo J. Venegas 2016. Confirming the presence of Clelia equatoriana Amaral, 1924 (Squamata: Dipsadidae) in Peru Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 10 (1): 1–4 - get paper here
  • Dunn,E.R. 1944. Los géneros de anfibios y reptiles de Colombia, III. Orden de las serpientes. Caldasia 3 (12): 155-224
  • Köhler, G. 2001. Reptilien und Amphibien Mittelamerikas, Bd. 2: Schlangen. Herpeton-Verlag (Offenbach), 174 pp.
  • Morato, S.A.A.; Franco, F.L. & Sanches, E.J. 2003. Uma nova espécie de Clelia (Serpentes, Colubridae) do sul do Brasil. Phyllomedusa 2 (2): 93-100 - get paper here
  • Pérez-santos, C. E. 1986. Zoogeografía de los Ophidia en Colombia. Univ. Complutense, Madrid, 2 vols., 971 pp.
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Rojas-Morales, Julián Andrés 2013. Description of ophiophagy in Clelia equatoriana (Amaral, 1924) (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) in captivity. Herpetology Notes 6: 425-426. - get paper here
  • Rojas-Morales, Julián Andrés, Héctor Fabio Arias-Monsalve y Gustavo A. González-Durán 2014. Anibios y reptiles de la región centro-sur del departamento de Caldas, Colombia. Biota Colombiana 15 (1): 73-93 - get paper here
  • Rojas-Morales, Julián Andrés 2012. Snakes of an urban-rural landscape in the central Andes of Colombia: species composition, distribution, and natural history. Phyllomedusa 11 (2): 135-
  • Valencia-Zuleta A, Jaramillo-Martínez AF, Echeverry-Bocanegra A, Viáfara-Vega R, Hernández-Córdoba O, Cardona-Botero VE, Gutiérrez-Zúñiga J, Castro-Herrera F. 2014. Conservation status of the herpetofauna, protected areas, and current problems in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 8 (2): 1–18 (e87) - get paper here
  • Zaher, H. 1996. A new genus and species of pseudoboine snake, with a revision of the genus Clelia (Serpentes, Xenodontinae). Boll. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino 14: 289-337.
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