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Leptophis modestus (GÜNTHER, 1872)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cloud Forest Parrot Snake
S: Ranera de Niebla 
SynonymAhaetulla modesta GÜNTHER 1872: 26
Leptophis modestus — BOULENGER 1894: 107
Leptophis mexicanus mexicanus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 164
Leptophis modestus — MERTENS 1973
Leptophis modestus — VILLA et al. 1988
Leptophis modestus — LINER 1994
Leptophis modestus — LINER 2007
Leptophis modestus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 374 
DistributionSE Mexico (Chiapas), Guatemala, Honduras (elevation 1890-2020 m), El Salvador  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.21.50 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyFrom the Latin modestē meaning modest. 
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  • Günther,A. 1872. Seventh account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 9: 13-37 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Holm, Peter 1995. Leptophis modestus. Morphology. Herpetological Review 26 (1): 39 - get paper here
  • Hoyt, D. L. 1964. The rediscovery of the snake Leptophis modestus. Copeia 1964 (1): 214-215. - get paper here
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie J R; Wilson L D 1993. Leptophis modestus (Gunther). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 578: 1-2 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1973. Bemerkenswerte Schlanknattern der neotropischen Gattung Leptophis. Stud. Neotrop. Fauna 8: 141-154. - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - 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.
  • Williams, Kenneth L. 1966. A record of the snake Leptophis modestus from Mexico. Journal of the Ohio Herpetological Society 5 (3): 103-104 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L. D., & MEYER, J. R. 1985. The Snakes of Honduras. 2d ed. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contrib. Biol. & Geol. No. 6, 150 pp. - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. 1978. Two SNAKES, LEPTOPHIS MODESTUS AND PELAMIS PLATURUS, NEW TO THE HERPETOFAUNA OF HONDURAS. Herpetological Review 9 (2): 63-64 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
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