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Leptodeira splendida GÜNTHER, 1885

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesLeptodeira splendida bressoni TAYLOR 1938
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata SMITH & TANNER 1944
Leptodeira splendida splendida (GÜNTHER 1885) 
Common NamesE: Splendid Cat-eyed Snake
S: Escombrera Sapera 
SynonymLeptodira [sic] splendida GÜNTHER 1885: 171
Leptodeira splendida — TAYLOR 1939
Leptodeira splendida — LINER 1994
Leptodeira splendida — DUELLMAN 1958: 80
Leptodeira splendida splendida — DUELLMAN 1958: 86
Leptodeira splendida — WALLACH et al. 2014
Leptodeira splendida — BARRIO-AMORÓS 2019

Leptodeira splendida bressoni TAYLOR 1938
Leptodeira bressoni TAYLOR 1938
Leptodeira bressoni — SMITH & TANNER 1944
Leptodeira duellmani PETERS 1954: 25
Leptodeira splendida bressoni — DUELLMAN 1958: 84
Leptodeira splendida bressoni — CAMARILLO-RANGEL 1983
Leptodeira splendida bressoni — PETERSON 1995
Leptodeira splendida bressoni — DAZA et al. 2009
Leptodeira splendida bressoni — BARRIO-AMORÓS 2019

Leptodeira splendida ephippiata SMITH & TANNER 1944
Leptodeira ephippiata SMITH & TANNER 1944
Leptodeira ephippiata — ZWEIFEL & NORRIS 1955
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata — DUELLMAN 1958: 82
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata — HARDY 1969: 179
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata — WEBB 1984
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata — TANNER 1985: 635
Leptodeira splendida ephippiata — BARRIO-AMORÓS 2019 
DistributionMexico (Colima, Michoacán, Sonora, Sinaloa, Guerrero, Morelos, Jalisco, Zacatecas, Nayarit, Durango)

bressoni: Mexico (Colima, Michoacán, México); Type locality: Hacienda El Sabino, 20 miles S of Uruapán, Michoacán, México.

ephippiata: Mexico (Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua); Type locality: Agua Marin, 13.3 km / 8.3 miles west northwest of Alamos, Sonora.

splendida: Mexico (Guerrero, Morelos). Type locality: Izucar de Matamoras, Puebla, Mexico.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1946.1.9.94-95
Holotype: FMNH 100081, formerly Taylor-Smith collection 5172 [bressoni]
Holotype: UMMZ 104490 [duellmani]
Holotype: MVZ 28931 [ephippiata] 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyFrom the latin splendidus meaning splendid for its appearance. 
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