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Micrurus multiscutatus RENDAHL & VESTERGREN, 1940

IUCN Red List - Micrurus multiscutatus - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesCauca Coral Snake 
SynonymMicrurus multiscutatus RENDAHL & VESTERGREN 1940: 9
Micrurus multiscutatus — WELCH 1994: 87
Micrurus multiscutatus — YÁNEZ-MUÑOZ et al. 2006
Micrurus multiscutatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 450 
DistributionColombia Valle del Cauca), Ecuador, elevation 200 m

Type locality: El Tambo, Cauca, Colombia  
TypesHolotype: NRM 3131 

Micrurus multiscutatus is very similar to M. multifasciatus but the difference is in the V shape on the posterior border of the supracephalic band in M. multiscutatus. 
EtymologyLatin from multi meaning many, and scutum meaning shield or scale; thus multiscutatus means with many shields or scales, alluding to the high number of ventrals. 
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  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Rendahl, H. & VESTERGREN,G. 1940. Notes on Colombian snakes. Arkiv för Zoologi 33A [1941?] (5): 1-16
  • RENJIFO, J. M. & M. LUNDBERG 2003. Una especie nuevo de serpiente coral (Elapidae, Micrurus), de la region de Urra, municipio de Tierra Alta, Cordoba, noroccidente de Colombia. Revista de la Academia Colombiana Ciencias Exactas Fisicas y Naturales, 27 (102): 141-144.
  • Valencia-Zuleta A, Jaramillo-Martínez AF, Echeverry-Bocanegra A, Viáfara-Vega R, Hernández-Córdoba O, Cardona-Botero VE, Gutiérrez-Zúñiga J, Castro-Herrera F. 2014. Conservation status of the herpetofauna, protected areas, and current problems in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 8 (2): 1–18 (e87) - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Yánez-Muñoz, M. & Altamirano, M.A. 2006. Primer registro de una coral de dos colores (Squamata-Ofidia: Elapidae), reportada para el Chocó Ecuatoriano. Bol. Tec. Ser. Zool. 2:1-6
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