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Dipsas praeornata (WERNER, 1909)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymLeptognathus praeornata WERNER 1909: 240 (fide PETERS 1960)
Dipsas praeornata — HARVEY et al. 2008
Dipsas praeornata — RIVAS et al. 2012
Dipsas praeornata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 234 
DistributionVenezuela (Aragua, Distrito Federal, Libertador, Miranda).

Type locality: "Venezuela."  
TypesHolotype: formerly ZMH, female (R. Rauschenplat), destroyed in July 1943 during World War II. 
CommentSynonymy: Amaral (1929) synonymized L. praeornata Werner, 1909, from Venezuela, with Sibynomorphus incertus (= Dipsas incerta). PETERS 1960 listed Leptognathus praeornata as a synonm of L. peruana. Harvey and Embert (2009) resurrected the name D. praeornata for the Venezuelan Coastal Range population and relegated D. latifrontalis to a synonym of D. peruana. 
EtymologyD. peruana has been named after its type locality, D. boettgeri after Oskar Boettger (1844-1910), herpetologist at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main. 
  • Harvey, Michael B. 2008. New and Poorly Known Dipsas (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Northern South America. Herpetologica 64 (4): 422-451 - get paper here
  • Harvey, Michael B. and Dirk Embert 2009. Review of Bolivian Dipsas (Serpentes: Colubridae), with Comments on Other South American Species. Herpetological Monographs 22 (1): 54-105 - get paper here
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (114): 224 pp. - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
  • 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. 1909. Über neue oder seltene Reptilien des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Jahrb. Hamb. wiss. Anst. suppl. 2 (Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamb. 1908) 26: 205-247 - get paper here
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