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Micrurus elegans JAN, 1858

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesMicrurus elegans elegans (JAN 1858)
Micrurus elegans veraepacis K.P. SCHMIDT 1933 
Common NamesElegant Coral Snake 
SynonymMicrurus elegans elegans (JAN 1858)
Elaps elegans JAN 1858
Elaps elegans — GARMAN 1884: 108
Micrurus elegans elegans — LINER 1994
Micrurus elegans elegans — LINER 2007
Micrurus elegans — WALLACH et al. 2014: 446

Micrurus elegans veraepacis K.P. SCHMIDT 1933
Micrurus elegans veraepacis K.P. SCHMIDT 1933
Micrurus elegans veraepacis — LINER 1994
Micrurus elegans veraepacis — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (Veracruz, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla), Guatemala

elegans: Mexico (C Veracruz east Oaxaca to W Tabasco); Type locality: Mexico

veraepacis: Mexico (Tabasco, Chiapas) to Guatemala (Alta Verapaz)  
TypesSyntypes: MZUT, a 495 mm male, ZFMK/SUB, a 490 mm female, and MSNM, a 470 mm female, other two unknown.
Holotype: ZSM 2247/0 (given as “2247a” in the original description) (lost), male, “Campur, Alta Vera Paz, Guatemala”, collected by K. Sapper, 1899. Paratypes: ZSM 2245/0 (given as “2245” in the original description), 1 specimen, “Guatemala”, collected by K. Sapper, 1907; ZSM 2247/0 (given as “2247b” in the original description) (lost), 1 specimen, same data as holotype; ZSM 2248/0/1-3 (given as “2248” in the original description), 3 specimens, “Campur, Guatemala” collected by K. Sapper, 1899; ZSM 2249/0 (given as “2249” in the original description) (lost), 2 specimens, “Coban, Guatemala”, collected by K. Sapper, no date; additional paratypes in BMNH, MNHN, and NMBA [veraepacis] 
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