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Mastigodryas reticulatus (PETERS, 1863)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymHerpetodryas reticulata PETERS 1863: 285
Dryadophis boddaerti boddaerti — STUART 1941: 66 (part.0
Mastigodryas boddaerti boddaerti — PÉREZ-SANTOS & MORENO 1991: 245 (part.)
Mastigodryas melanolomus — TORRES-CARVAJAL 2004: 85
Mastigodryas reticulatus — MONTINGELLI et al. 2011 
DistributionEcuador, Peru

Type locality: Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador (02°10’ S, 79°50’W)  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZMB 4504 
CommentSynonymization of Herpetodryas reticulata with Dryadophis boddaerti by STUART 1941 is questionable according to PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. M. reticulata was revalidated by MONTINGELLI et al. 2011. Otherwise synonymy and subspecies after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. Listed as synonym of Mastigodryas boddaerti by WALLACH et al. 2014: 428.

According to Peters (1863), the species differs from Herpetodryas boddaerti and H. rappi by the presence of smaller and rhomboidal cephalic scales and by the absence of dark blotches on the head and throat. However, boulenger (1894) considered H. re‐ ticulata to be a junior synonym of drymobius boddaerti. stuart (1941) accepted boulenger’s decision, but explicitly mentioned that the ecuadorian specimens are distinct from the other populations of Drymobius boddaerti. 
References
  • KOCH, CLAUDIA; PABLO J. VENEGAS, ROY SANTA CRUZ, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2018. Annotated checklist and key to the species of amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the northern Peruvian dry forest along the Andean valley of the Marañón River and its tributaries Zootaxa 4385 (1): 001–101 - get paper here
  • Montingelli, Giovanna G.; Jorge H. Valencia, Marco A. Benavides, and Hussam Zaher 2012. Revalidation of Herpetodryas reticulata (Peters, 1863) (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Ecuador. South American J. Herp. 6 (3): 189-197 [2011] - get paper here
  • Peters, W. 1863. Über einige neue oder weniger bekannte Schlangenarten des zoologischen Museums zu Berlin. Monatsb. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1863: 272-289.
 
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