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Leptodeira rubricata (COPE, 1893)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymSibon septentrionales rubricatum COPE 1893: 347
Leptodeira rubricata — TAYLOR 1951: 122
Leptodeira rubricata — VILLA et al. 1988
Leptodeira rubricata — SAVAGE 2002
Leptodeira rubricata — WALLACH et al. 2014 
DistributionCosta Rica, Panama

Type locality: Boca Mala, Costa Rica.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: AMNH 17367 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: DUELLMAN 1958 listed this species as synonym of Leptodeira annulata rhombifera and mentions that this is “an unusual variant” of the latter taxon with normal scutellation but “The ground color is cream-brown; the blotches are black and number 50. The dorsal head coloration consists of a faint, X-shaped mark on the frontal and a U-shaped mark on the parietals. The latter is connected to the first body blotch by the nape stripe.” 
Etymology 
References
  • Cope, E.D. 1893. Second addition to the knowledge of the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 31: 333-347 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Mason J. Ryan, Ian M. Latella, Beatriz Willink, Adrián García-Rodríguez, Casey A. Gilman 2015. Notes on the breeding habits and new distribution records of seven species of snakes from southwest Costa Rica Herpetology Notes 8: 669-671 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W.; Iba�nez D., Roberto.; Cadle, John E. 2007. On the uniquely fragmented distribution of a rare Panamanian snake, Dipsas nicholsi (Colubridae, Dipsadinae). American Museum novitates (3554) - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Part II Lizards and Amphisbaenians. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Taylor,E.H. 1951. A brief review ot the snakes of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (1): 3-188 - get paper here
  • Villa, J., Wilson, L.D., Johnson, J.D. 1988. Middle American Herpetology - A Bibliographic Checklist. University of Missouri Press, 132 pp [review in Copeia 1989 (3): 802]
  • 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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