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Diaphorolepis laevis WERNER, 1923

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae),Diaphorolepidini,
Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesColombian Frog-eating Snake 
SynonymDiaphorolepis laevis WERNER 1923: 160
Diaphorolepis laevis — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 81
Diaphorolepis laevis — TIEDEMANN & HÄUPL 1994: 64
Diaphorolepis laevis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 227 
DistributionColombia

Type locality: Colombia Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: NMW 14860 
CommentOnly known from holotype.

Description. Relatively small-sized snake (350mm SVL) with 10 infralabials, 8/9
supralabials, 2 postoculars, internasals in contact, fused prefrontals, loreal present, nuchal collar apparently present, 16/18 maxillary teeth, 157 ventrals, 84 subcaudals, 19-19-17 dorsal scale rows, vertebral scale row is enlarged, with single keels on lateral dorsal scale rows and double keels on enlarged vertebral scale row weak to absent ante- riorly and weak posteriorly. Uniformly light-colored venter and dark-colored dorsum in preservative. Nothing is known of the hemipenes or vertebrae [PYRON et al. 2015: 124]. 
EtymologyApparently from the Latin laevis for “smooth,” referring to the anterior dorsal scales. 
References
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Pyron RA, Guayasamin JM, Peñafiel N, Bustamante L, Arteaga A 2015. Systematics of Nothopsini (Serpentes, Dipsadidae), with a new species of Synophis from the Pacific Andean slopes of southwestern Ecuador. ZooKeys 541: 109-147, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.541.6058 - get paper here
  • Sheil,C.A. & Grant,T. 2001. A new species of colubrid snake (Synophis) from Western Colombia. Journal of Herpetology 35 (2): 204-209 - get paper here
  • Tiedemann,F.; Häupl,M. & Grillitsch,H. 1994. Katalog der Typen der herpetologischen Sammlung nach dem Stand vom 1. Jänner 1994. Teil II: Reptilia. Kat. wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien 10 (Vertebrata 4): 1-110
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner,F. 1923. Neue Schlangen des naturhistorischen Museums in Wien. Ann. naturh. Mus. Wien 36: 160-166 - get paper here
 
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