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Micrurus bogerti ROZE, 1967

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Coastal coral snake, Bogert's Coral Snake
S: Coralillo Costanero 
SynonymMicrurus bogerti ROZE 1967
Micrurus bogerti — LINER 1994
Micrurus bogerti — LINER 2007
Micrurus bogerti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 442 
DistributionMexico (pacific coast of Oaxaca, from about Puerto Angel to Tapanatepec, Chiapas)

Type locality: West coast of Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 96952, a male from Tangola-Tangola (Tangolunda), east of Puerto Angel, Oaxaca, Mexico, obtained by W. Beebe in 1937.) 
DiagnosisDefinition: A single-banded coral snake with a black snout and a yellow parietal band that is followed by a black nuchal band that covers the tips of the parietals.1t has 16 to 19 black body bands separated by red bands; the red bands are without (or with very few) black-tipped scales. Males are without supraanal tubercles (Roze 1996: 146).

Description: Males have 214 to 215 (214.5) and females have 224 to 230 (228.0) ventrals; subcaudals 52 to 56 (54.0) in males and 38 to 43 (41.0) in females; the first subcaudals frequently are undivided. Examined: 2 males and 3 females, including the holotype.
The snout and the anterior margin of the parietals are all black. The mental and the first three infralabials are black; the remainder of the chin region is yellow, with some black spots on the genials. The black nuchal band covers the parietal tips and 6 to 7 dorsals. The black bands on the body and 3 to 4 dorsals and usually 3 ventrals long. On the first dorsal row many black bands are reduced to a length of 2 to 2.5 scales. The yellow or white bands are 1 to 2 scales long anteriorly, and 1 scale long on the posterior part of the body. The red bands are 6 to 8 dorsals long, while the first red band is about 10 to 15 dorsals long. The red scales are immaculate or have a few black spots. The black tail bands are more than twice as long as the light bands that separate them.
The males have 16 to 19 (17.1) and the females have 13 to 18 (15.2) black body bands. The males have 5 to 6 (5.3) and females have 3 to 4 (3.5) black tail bands (Roze 1996: 146). 
EtymologyNamed after Charles Mitchill Bogert (1908-1992), former curator of the Department of Herpetology of the American Museum of Natural History. See biographical sketches in Gans 1993 and Myers & Zweifel 1993. 
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  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • 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
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Myers, C.W. & R.G. Zweifel 1993. Biographical Sketch and Bibliography of Charles Mitchill Bogert, 1908-1992 Herpetologica 49 (1): 133-146. - get paper here
  • Roze, J. A. 1996. Coral Snakes of the Americas. Krieger, Malabar, Florida
  • Roze, Jánis A 1967. A checklist of the New World venomous Coral Snakes (Elapidae), with descriptions of new forms. American Museum Novitates (2287): 1-60 - get paper here
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  • 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.
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