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Micrurus peruvianus SCHMIDT, 1936

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Peru(vian) Coral Snake 
SynonymMicrurus peruvianus SCHMIDT 1936
Micrurus peruvianus — WELCH 1994: 87
Micrurus peruvianus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 452 
DistributionPeru (Cajamarca, Amazonas), Ecuador

Type locality: Perico, Department of Cajamarca, Peru.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 17385, a male 
DiagnosisDefinition: A single-banded coral snake with a black head cap and without supraanal tubercles in males. The red dorsals have regular black tips (Roze 1996: 208).

Description: Males have 186 to 194 (190.0) and females have 196 to 207 (202.4) ventrals; subcaudals 37 to 40 (38.2) in males and 26 to 30 (28.1) in females; 1+1or 0+1 temporals. Examined: 3 males and 4 females, including the holotype.
The black cap usually covers almost the entire parietal and usually is in contact with the black nuchal band, interrupting the white postparietal band. The chin is white with irregular spots on some shields, particularly around their posterior borders. The nuchal black band begins 1 dorsal behind the parietals and is 4 to 6 dorsals and ventrals long. The remainder of the black bands are 3 to 4 dorsals and 2 to 3 ventrals long. The red bands are as long as or longer than the black bands, with irregular black tips on all dorsals. On the venter, the red scales have irregular black spots concentrated around their posterior borders. The white bands are 1 to 1Y2 dorsals long and are irnmaculate. The black tail bands are twiee as long as the white ones.
The males have 20 to 26 (24.2) and the females have 18 to 27 (24.7) black body bands. The black tail bands are 6 to 9 (7.8) in males and 4 to 5 (4.6) in females. 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Peru. 
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  • 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
  • KOCH, CLAUDIA; PABLO J. VENEGAS, ROY SANTA CRUZ, WOLFGANG BÖHME 2018. Annotated checklist and key to the species of amphibians and reptiles inhabiting the northern Peruvian dry forest along the Andean valley of the Marañón River and its tributaries. Zootaxa 4385 (1): 001–101 - get paper here
  • Kuch, Ulrich, Fernando Ayala-V. and Antonio Freire L. 2002. First record of Micrurus peruvianus Schmidt, 1936 from Ecuador. Herpetozoa 15 (3/4):182-183 - get paper here
  • Schmidt, Karl P. 1936. Preliminary account of coral snakes of South America. Zoological Series of Field Museum of Natural History 20 (19): 189-203 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
  • 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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