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Micrurus averyi SCHMIDT, 1939

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBlack-headed Coral Snake 
SynonymMicrurus averyi SCHMIDT 1939
Micrurus averyi — WELCH 1994: 79
Micrurus averyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 442 
DistributionS Guyana, Brazil (Amazonas, Pará [HR 34: 389])

Type locality: British Guiana, Courantyne District, near the Brazilian border, at Lat. 1° 40' N. and Long. 58° W.  
TypesHolotype: FMNH 30956 

Max total length: 70 cm. 
EtymologyNamed after Sewell L. Avery (1873-1960), American financier, head of the Commercial Club of Chicago, and Chairman of Montgomery Ward and Co. (a group of 575 retail outlets in the USA) (1931-1955). 
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  • Campbell, J.A. & Lamar, W.W. 1989. The Venomous Reptiles of Latin America. Comstock Publishing/Cornell University Press, Ithaca
  • Claessen, H. 2005. De slangen van de Guyana’s, deel IX. Lacerta 63 (6): 228-241 - get paper here
  • FEITOSA, DARLAN TAVARES; NELSON JORGE DA SILVA JR., MATHEUS GODOY PIRES, HUSSAM ZAHER & ANA LÚCIA DA COSTA PRUDENTE 2015. A new species of monadal coral snake of the genus Micrurus (Serpentes, Elapidae) from western Amazon. Zootaxa 3974 (4): 538–554
  • KOK, P. J. R., ROZE, J. A., LENGLET, G. L., SAMBHU, H. & ARJOON, D. 2003. Micrurus isozonus (Cope, 1860) (Serpentes, Elapidae): an addition to the herpetofauna of Guyana, with comments on other species of coral snakes from Guyana. Bulletin de l’Institut Royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Biologie, 73 : 75-82 - get paper here
  • Morato, S.A.A.; Calixto, P.O.; Mendes, L.R.; Gomes, R.; Galatti, U.; Trein, F.L.; Oliveira, F.S.; Ferreira, G.N. 2014. Guia fotográfico de identificação da herpetofauna da Floresta Nacional de Saracá-Taquera, Estado do Pará. Curitiba: STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda.; Porto Trombetas: MRN – Mineração Rio do Norte S.A.; 213 p. - get paper here
  • Schmidt,K.P. 1939. A new coral snake from Brirish Guyana. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ. Zool. Ser. 24; 45-47 - get paper here
  • Vanzolini, P. E. 1985. Micrurus averyi Schmidt, 1939, in central amazonia (Serpentes, Elapidae). Papéis Avulsos Zoologia (São Paulo) 36 (8): 77-85
  • Velloso Calleffo, Myriam E. 1997. Geographic Distribution. Micrurus averyi. Herpetological Review 28 (4): 210 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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