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Cubophis ruttyi (GRANT, 1941)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Alsophiini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Little Cayman Racer 
SynonymAlsophis angulifer ruttyi GRANT 1941: 50
Alsophis angulifer ruttyi — BARBOUR & LOVERIDGE 1946: 64
Alsophis cantherigerus ruttyi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 571
Cubophis ruttyi — HEDGES et al. 2009
Cubophis ruttyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 201 
DistributionCayman Islands

Type locality: Little Cayman Islands  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 44876 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An Alsophis wherein the female has the anal entire: no dark subocular semicircle; clearly marked anteriorly with broad black rings separated by white scales. (Grant 1941) 
EtymologyNamed after A.S. Rutty, M.B.E. Collector of Customs, Cayman Brac “whose enthusiasm and efftcient cooperation were a source of pleasure to the writer during his stay on the Lesser Caymans.” 
  • Barbour, Thomas & Loveridge, Arthur 1946. First supplement to typical reptiles and amphibians. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 96 (2): 59-214. - 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.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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