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Mastigodryas cliftoni (HARDY, 1964)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesClifton’s Lizard Eater 
SynonymDryadophis fasciatus HARDY 1963
Dryadophis cliftoni HARDY 1964
Dryadophis cliftoni — LINER 1994
Mastigodryas cliftoni — DIXON & TIPTON 2004
Dryadophis cliftoni — VALDEZ-LARES et al. 2013
Mastigodryas cliftoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 429 
DistributionMexico (Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Jalisco, Zacatecas)

Type locality: "Plumosas, 22 kilometers east of Matatán, elevation 770 meters, Sinaloa, México."  
TypesHolotype: KU 73489, a 1532 mm male (P.L. Clifton, 29 Aug. 1962). 
EtymologyNamed after Percy L. Clifton who collected the holotype. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R.; Tipton, Bob L. 2004. Dryadophis versus Mastigodryas (Ophidia: Colubridae): a proposed solution. Herpetological Review 35 (4): 347-348. - get paper here
  • Hardy, L.M. 1963. Description of a new species of snake (genus Dryadophis) from Mexico. Copeia 1963 (4): 669-672 - get paper here
  • Hardy, L.M. 1964. A replacement name for Dryadophis fasciatus Hardy. Copeia 1964 (4): 714 - get paper here
  • Hardy, L.M., & McDiarmid, R.W. 1969. The amphibians and reptiles of Sinaloa, Mexico. Univ. Kansas Publ. Mus. Nat. Hist. 18 (3): 39-252. - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Loc-Barragán, Jesús A., Emmanuel Miramontes-Medina, David Molina and Guillermo Woolrich-Piña. 2016. Mastigodryas cliftoni. Diet. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (3): 748–749 - get paper here
  • Ponce-Campos,P. & Huerta-Ortega,S.M. 1998. Dryadophis cliftoni (Clifton’s Lizard Eater). Mexico: Nayarit. Herpetological Review 29 (3): 176 - get paper here
  • Valdez-Lares, R.; R. Muñiz-Martínez; E.Gadsden; G. Aguirre-León; G. Castañeda-Gaytán; R. Gonzalez-Trápaga 2013. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of the state of Durango, México. Check List 9 (4):714-724 - get paper here
  • Villa, R. A., Carrillo-Reyes P. and Ávila-Villegas, H. 2011. Mastigodryas cliftoni (Clifton´s Lizard Eater). México. Zacatecas. Herpetological Review 42: 573 - 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.
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Wilson, Larry David; Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson 2013. A conservation reassessment of the reptiles of Mexico based on the EVS measure. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7 (1): 1–47 - get paper here
  • Woolrich-Piña, Guillermo A, Paulino Ponce-Campos, Jesús Loc-Barragán, Juan Pablo Ramírez-Silva, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson, Elí García-Padilla and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Nayarit, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 376-448 - get paper here
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