Dendrophidion rufiterminorum CADLE & SAVAGE, 2012
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Dendrophidion rufiterminorum?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Dendrophidion rufiterminorum CADLE & SAVAGE 2012|
Dendrophidion nuchale — CAMPBELL 1998
Dendrophidion rufiterminorum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 226
|Distribution||Belize, Guatemala, N Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica|
Type locality: 1 mi W Baldy Sibun, Cayo district, Belize [17°00’ N, 88°46’ W] Map legend:
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|Types||Holotype: LSUMZ 8901, an adult male; (Figs. 15, 28). Collected 19 July 1963 by Stephen M. Russell and Angelo W. Palmisano (Wilson 1966). An attached field tag has field number “A. Palmisano 177” but LSUMZ collection ledgers record only Russell as the collector (Christopher Austin, personal communication).|
|Comment||Similar species: has been considered as D. dendrophis, D. clarkii, or D. nuchale previously.|
D. rufiterminorum differs from D. clarkii and D. nuchale in coloration and hemipenial characters but all three species of the nuchale complex are very similar in scutellation characters.
|Etymology||The species name rufiterminorum is a Latin noun in genitive case meaning “of reddish ends”, referring to the most salient and diagnostic color characteristic of this species, its red head and tail. It is a compound word derived from rufus (red or reddish) + terminus (end or limit), a second declension masculine noun in genitive plural form (terminorum) to reflect the fact that both ends are red.|
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