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Lygophis elegantissimus (KOSLOWSKY, 1896)

IUCN Red List - Lygophis elegantissimus - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymRhadinaea elegantissima KOSLOWSKY 1896: 155
Liophis anomalus — AMARAL 1925 (part.)
Rhadinaea elegantissima CRANWELL 1942
Liophis anomalus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 176 (part.)
Liophis anomalus elegantissima — GALLARDO 1977
Liophis elegantissima — FREIBERG 1982
Liophis elegantissimus — DIXON 1989
Liophis elegantissimus — CEI 1993
Liophis elegantissimus — GIRAUDO & SCROCCHI 2002
Lygophis elegantissimus — ZAHER et al. 2009
Lygophis elegantissimus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 412 
DistributionArgentina (Buenos Aires)

Type locality: Sierra de la Ventana, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina.  
TypesHolotype: lost, was MLP, a 630 mm female (J. Koslowsky and N. Alboff, 1890), apparently lost fide J. Williams in Dixon, 1985: 571. 
CommentSynonymy after CEI 1993. Rhadinaea anomala was synonymized with Rhadinaea elegantissima by AMARAL 1926: 17. 
  • Amaral, A. do 1925. South American snakes in the collection of the United States National Museum. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 67 (24): 1-30 - get paper here
  • Amaral,A. do 1926. Notas de ophiologia. I. Sobre a invalidez de um genero e algumas especies de ophidios Sul-Americanos. Rev. Mus. Paulista 14: 17-33
  • Cei, J. M. 1993. Reptiles del noroeste, nordeste y este de la Argentina. Museo Regionale Sci. Naturale Torino, Monografie 14: 1-949
  • Cranwell 1942. Rev. Argentina Zoogeogr. 2: 143
  • Dixon J R 1985. A review of Liophis anomalus and Liophis elegantissimus, and the description of a new species (Serpentes: Colubridae). Copeia 1985 (3): 565-573 - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. 1989. A key and checklist to the neotropical snake genus Liophis with country lists and maps. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (79): 1-40 - get paper here
  • Freiberg, M.A. 1982. Snakes of South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ, 189 pp. - get paper here
  • Giraudo, A. R., and G. J. Scrocchi 2002. Argentinian Snakes: An Annotated Checklist. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (132): 1-53 - get paper here
  • Koslowsky,J. 1895. Reptiles y batracios de la Sierra de la Ventana (Provincia de Buenos Aires). Rev. Mus. La Plata 7: 151-156 - 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.
  • Zaher, Hussam; Grazziotin, Felipe Gobbi; Cadle, John E.; Murphy, Robert W.; Moura-Leite, Julio Cesar de; Bonatto, Sandro L 2009. Molecular phylogeny of advanced snakes (Serpentes, Caenophidia) with an emphasis on South American Xenodontines: a revised classification and descriptions of new taxa. Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 49 (11): 115-153 - get paper here
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