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Geophis tectus SAVAGE & WATLING, 2008

IUCN Red List - Geophis tectus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGeophis tectus SAVAGE & WATLING 2008
Geophis brachycephalus — DUNN 1942: 4 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — DOWNS 1967: 146 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — SAVAGE 2002: 604 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — MYERS 2003: 37 (in part)
Geophis brachycephalus — SOLÓRZANO 2004: 276 (in part)
Geophis tectus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 306 
DistributionPanama

Type locality: La Loma (= Buena Vista), Distrito de Chiriquí Grande, Provincia de Bocas del Toro, Panama; c. 8°50′N, 82°13′W (300 m elevation).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MCZ 19326, an adult male collected by E. R. Dunn and Chester B. Duryea, some time in July–August 1923.
 
Comment 
EtymologyThe specific name is from the Latin tectus meaning secret or disguised in allusion to this species being concealed under the name G. brachycephalus for over 90 years. 
References
  • Downs, F. L. 1967. lntrageneric relations among colubrid snakes of the genus Geophis Wagler. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 131: 1-193. - get paper here
  • Savage, Jay M.; Watling, James I. 2008. Not so rare snakes: a revision of the Geophis sieboldi group (Colubridae: Dipsadinae) in lower Central America and Colombia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 153(3):561-599
  • 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.
 
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