Micrurus peruvianus SCHMIDT, 1936
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Peru(vian) Coral Snake|
|Synonym||Micrurus peruvianus SCHMIDT 1936|
Micrurus peruvianus — WELCH 1994: 87
Micrurus peruvianus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 452
|Distribution||Peru (Cajamarca, Amazonas), Ecuador|
Type locality: Perico, Department of Cajamarca, Peru.
|Types||Holotype: MCZ 17385, a male|
|Diagnosis||Definition: 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.
|Etymology||Named after its distribution in Peru.|
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