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Cubophis fuscicauda (GARMAN, 1888)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Alsophiini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cayman Brac Racer 
SynonymAlsophis fuscicauda GARMAN 1888: 106
Alsophis angulifer fuscicauda — GRANT 1941: 49
Alsophis cantherigerus fuscicauda — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 571
Cubophis fuscicauda — HEDGES et al. 2009
Cubophis fuscicaudus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 201 
DistributionCayman Islands

Type locality: Cayman Brac  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesSyntypes: MCZ 6235 (also given as 6325) 
DiagnosisDescription: Grant 1941: 50 
EtymologyNamed after its dusky, brown tail (Latin “fuscus” = dark, blackish, and Latin “cauda” = tail).

The species name needs to be fuscicauda, according to ICZN Article 34.2.1 which states that the gender of a noun in apposition must not be changed to agree in gender with the generic name, The Latin noun for tail is cauda and of female gender. For further explanations and examples see Böhme & Denzer (2019). 
  • Böhme, W. & Denzer, W. 2019. Warum die Endungen adjektivischer Artnamen dem Geschlecht der Gattungsnamen angepasst werden müssen Sauria 41 (1): 55–62 - get paper here
  • Garman, S. 1888. Reptiles and batrachians from the Caymans and from the Bahamas. Collected by Prof. C. J. Maynard for the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Cambridge, Mass. Bull. Essex Inst. 20: 101-113 - get paper here
  • Grant, C. 1941. The herpetology of the Cayman Islands. Bulletin of the Institute of Jamaica, Science Series [1940] (2):1-56
  • Hedges, S. Blair; Arnaud Couloux; Vidal, Nicolas 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of West Indian racer snakes of the Tribe Alsophiini (Squamata, Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae). Zootaxa 2067: 1-28 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • 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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