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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Zurtuche's Earth Snake
S: Minadora de Julia 
SynonymGeophis juliai PÉREZ-HIGAREDA, SMITH & LÓPEZ-LUNA 2001
Geophis semidoliatus — FLORES-VILLELA 1987 (nec DUMÉRIL & BIBRON)
Geophis semidoliatus — PÉREZ-HIGAREDA et al. 1987: 16
Geophis juliai — WILSON & TOWNSEND 2007: 12
Geophis juliai — WALLACH et al. 2014: 303 
DistributionMexico (S Veracruz), 150-600 m elevation.

Type locality: Estación de Biología Tropical Los Tuxtlas, 150 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: CAR-EBTT (= IBH-LT = UNAM-LT) 2775 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Differing from other members of the semidoliatus group by the combination of 6 supralabials, internasals separate, subcaudals 19-30, light interspaces between dark marks medially usually 3 or more scales in length, and dorsal black marks blotchlike, more or less oval, instead of bandlike, with anterior and posterior edges more or less parallel (Perez-Higareda et al. 2001) 
CommentMimicry: Geophis juliai mimicks Micrurus limbatus and M. diastema (TORRE-LORANCA et al. 2006). 
EtymologyNamed after Prof. Jordi Juliá Zertuche, medical herpetologist who died from a snake bite. 
  • Aguilar-López JL, Luría-Manzano R, Pineda E, Canseco-Márquez L 2021. Selva Zoque, Mexico: an important Mesoamerican tropical region for reptile species diversity and conservation. ZooKeys 1054: 127-153 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • PÉREZ-HIGAREDA, G.; SMITH, H.M. & LÓPEZ-LUNA, M.A. 2001. A new Geophis (Reptilia: Serpentes) from Southern Veracruz, Mexico. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 37 (2): 42-48 - get paper here
  • Torre-Loranca, M.A. de la; Aguirre-León, G. & López-Luna, M.A. 2006. Coralillos verdaderos (Serpentes: Elapidae) y Coralillos falsos (Serpentes: Colubridae) de Veracruz, México. Acta Zoologica Mexicana 22 (3): 11-22 - get paper here
  • Torres-Hernández, LA, Ramírez-Bautista A, Cruz-Elizalde R, Hernández-Salinas U, Berriozabal-Islas C, DeSantis DL, Johnson JD, Rocha A, García-Padilla E, Mata-Silva V, Fucsko LA, and Wilson LD. 2021. The herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 15(2) [General Section]: 72–155 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • WILSON, L.D. & J.H. TOWNSEND 2007. A checklist and key to the snakes of the genus Geophis (Squamata: Colubridae: Dipsadinae), with commentary on distribution and conservation. Zootaxa 1395: 1-31 - get paper here
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