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Corallus cookii GRAY, 1842

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Higher TaxaBoidae (Boinae), Henophidia, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymCorallus Cookii GRAY 1842: 42
Corallus hortulanus Melanea GRAY 1849: 98
Corallus cookii — BOULENGER 1893: 99
Boa cooki — IHERING 1911: 317
Boa enydris cookii — STULL 1935: 388
Corallus enydris cookii - FORCART 1951
Corallus hortulanus cookii — ROZE 1966: 61
Corallus enhydris cookii - WELCH 1994: 17
Corallus cookii — HENDERSON 1997
Corallus cookii — HENDERSON 1999
Corallus hortulanus — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 191 
DistributionSt. Vincent (Antilles)

Type locality: "West Indies"; restricted to “St. Vincent” by Henderson 1997: 210  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.1.50 
CommentDiagnosis.—Corallus cooki is most easily distinguished from other members of the C. hortulanus complex by its color pattern. It lacks the color variation (pale yellow, orange, red, many shades of brown) found in C. hortulanus and C. grenadensis. Likewise, the main element of the dorsal pattern is relatively constant, and it rarely occurs in populations outside of St. Vincent. The diamond-shape pattern characteristic of C. ruschenbergerii does not occur in this species. Corallus cooki is distinguishable from C. hortulanus by maximum number of dorsal scale rows: invariably less than 50 in C. cooki (39–48; x = 43.9 +/- 0.34) and almost always more than 50 in C. hortulanus (47– 63; x = 55.0 +/- 0.17; specimens with less than 50 occur occasionally in Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, and Peru) [from HENDERSON 1997].

Distribution: [Corallus enydris cooki] “Costa Rica to Colombia and Venezuela; Trinidad and Tobago; St. Vincent, Grenadines, and Grenada” according to SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON (1991) but restricted to St. Vincent by HENDERSON (1997).

Synonymy: C. cooki is nested within hortulanus and thus may be a synonym of the latter (Colston et al. 2013). 
References
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  • Colston, Timothy J.; Felipe G. Grazziotin, Donald B. Shepard, Laurie J. Vitt, Guarino R. Colli, Robe 2013. Molecular systematics and historical biogeography of tree boas (Corallus spp.). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 66 (3): 953-959 - get paper here
  • Forcart, L. 1951. Nomenclature Remarks on Some Generic Names of the Snake Family Boidae. Herpetologica 7: 197-199 - get paper here
  • Gray, J. E. 1842. Synopsis of the species of prehensile-tailed snakes, or family Boidae. Zool. Misc. 2: 41-46
  • Gray, J. E. 1849. Catalogue of the specimens of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Edward Newman, London, i-xv; 1-125. - get paper here
  • Henderson, R. W. 2002. Neotropical Treeboas. Krieger Publ. Company, Malabar, 198 pp.
  • Henderson, R. W., Pauers, M. J. and Colston, T. J. 2013. On the congruence of morphology, trophic ecology, and phylogeny in Neotropical treeboas (Squamata: Boidae: Corallus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 109: 466–475. doi: 10.1111/bij.12052 - get paper here
  • Henderson, Robert W. 1997. A Taxonomic Review of the Corallus hortulanus Complex of Neotropical Tree Boas. Carib. J. Sci. 33 (3-4): 198-221.
  • Henderson, Robert W. and Michael J. Pauers 2012. On the Diets of Neotropical Treeboas (Squamata: Boidae: Corallus). South American Journal of Herpetology 7 (2): 172-180. - get paper here
  • Henderson, Robert W.; Michael J. Pauers and Timothy J. Colston 2013. On the congruence of morphology, trophic ecology, and phylogeny in Neotropical treeboas (Squamata: Boidae: Corallus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, DOI: 10.1111/bij.12052 - get paper here
  • Henderson,R.W. 1997. An irascible aerialist - The common tree boa of the American tropics. Fauna 1 (1): 17-25
  • Ihering, R. von 1911. As cobras do Brazil. Primeira parte. Rev. Mus. Paulista 8 (1910): 273-379
  • Knox, Andrew and Kate Jackson 2010. Ecological and phylogenetic influences on maxillary dentition in snakes. Phyllomedusa 9 (2): 121-131 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid,R.W.; Campbell,J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Roze, J. A. 1966. La Taxonomía y Zoogeografla de los Ofidios de Venezuela. Univ. Central Venezuela, 362 pp.
  • Stull, O.G. 1935. A Checklist of the Family Boidae. Proc. Boston Soc. nat. Hist., 40: 387—408.
  • Welch, K. R. G. 1994. Snakes of the World. A Checklist. 2. Boas, Pythons, Shield-tails and Worm Snakes. KCM Books, Somerset, England, 89 pp.
 
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