Erythrolamprus ornatus (GARMAN, 1887)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Saint Lucia Groundsnake, Saint Lucia racer|
|Synonym||Dromicus ornatus GARMAN 1887: 281|
Dromicus giganteus JAN 1863 (nomen nudum)
Liophis ornatus — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 625
Liophis ornatus — POWELL et al. 1996: 88
Erythrolamprus ornatus — GRAZZIOTIN et al. 2012
Liophis ornatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 384
|Distribution||St. Lucia, Maria I (Lesser Antilles)|
Type locality: St. Lucia.
|Types||Syntypes: MCZ 6135-6137, BMNH 1918.104.22.168, BMNH 1922.214.171.124.|
|Diagnosis||Original description of GARMAN (1887): Rows 17; one pore; ventrals 190, four 191 each, 194; anal bifid; subcaudals 86, 85, 88, 86, 91 pairs. This handsome serpent is much like the Couresse of Martinique. Its tail appears to be a trifle shorter; its colors distinguish it very readily. From neck to end of tail it has a median band of brown, which on the body is about six scales wide and which contains two rows of round or squarish spots of white larger than a single scale and separated from each other by spaces of like width. On the third row there is a dark stripe in which the scales are marked with a yellow spot. Tlle anterior edges of the ventrals are black. A black band behind the eye; a yellow spot on the lateral edge of each parietal; two or three transverse yellow streaks on the snout. Ground color of labials and lower surface yellowish or white. D[romicus] cursor has a white vitta at each side of a black band of five or six scales in width; anteriorly the vitta is more or less broken into spots but the included band lacks the two series of spots.|
|Comment||For illustrations see Dixon, 1981; Geoghegan and Renard, 1985.|
|Etymology||The Latin ornata, -us, = decorated" or "ornamented," refers to the ornate coloration.|
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