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Micrurus langsdorffi (WAGLER, 1824)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesLangsdorff's Coral Snake 
SynonymElaps langsdorffi WAGLER 1824: 10
Elaps imperator COPE 1868: 110
Elaps batesi GÜNTHER 1868: 428
Micrurus mimosus AMARAL 1935: 221
Micrurus mimosus AMARAL 1937: 1765
Micrurus langsdorffi langsdorffi — ROZE 1967: 30
Micrurus langsdorffi langsdorffi — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 211
Micrurus langsdorffi langsdorffi — DUELLMAN 1978: 260
Micrurus langsdorffi langsdorffi — WELCH 1994: 85
Micrurus langsdorffi — CARVALHO 2002
Micrurus langsdorffi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 448 
DistributionS Colombia, N Peru, NW Brazil, Upper Amazon, S Ecuador

Type locality: “Habitat in adja-centibus flumini Japurá” [Brazil or Colombia, Rio Jápura from its mouth (Brazil, 03°08'S, 64°66'W) to Araracuara (Colombia, 00°24'S, 72°17'W)] according to the original description and Vanzolini (1981).  
TypesLectotype: ZSM 2250/0, female, collected by Spix and Martius expedition to Brazil, 1817-1820
Holotype: ANSP 6793, Peru, Rio Napo or Rio Marañon [imperator] 
CommentSynonymy partly after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970.


Subspecies: Micrurus langsdorffi ornatissimus has been elevated to full species status.

Distribution: not in Venezuela (Luis Esqueda, pers. comm., 21 April 2016, see also Natera-Mumaw et al. 2015). 
Etymologynamed after Grigori Ivanovitch Langsdorff or Georg Heinrich von Langsdorff (1774-1852), a Prussian noble, diplomat and naturalist who lived most of his life in Russia. He was nominated consul general in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1813. See Bastos & Sa 2011 for further biographical details. 
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