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Micrurus renjifoi (LAMAR, 2003)

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Renjifo’s coral snake 
SynonymLeptomicrurus renjifoi LAMAR 2003
Micrurus renjifoi — SLOWINSKI 2001 (by implication)
Leptomicrurus renjifoi — CAMPBELL & LAMAR 2004: 130
Micrurus renjifoi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 453 

Type locality: the south side of the Río Tomo, near its juncture with the Río Orinoco, 97 km SSW of Puerto Carreño, Comisaría del Vichada, Colombia, elevation 115 m  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-3490, a gravid adult female. 
DiagnosisDefinition and diagnosis: This bicolored species differs from all congeners by possessing a pattern of black rings separated by equally long (or longer) pale pinkish orange rings, a pale pinkish orange parietal ring, a black nuchal ring that passes posterior to the parietal tips and the seventh supralabial, pale tail rings that are neither red nor orange, and 243 or fewer ventrals in females. For further differences that distinguish L. renjifoi from its congeners, see Remarks and the Key to Leptomicrurus. [from LAMAR 2003]. 

Synonymy: SLOWINSKI et al. 2001 synonymized Leptomicrurus with Micrurus, thus this new species may be a member of Micrurus too. 
EtymologyNamed after Juan Manuel Renjifo, a Colombian herpetologist who has contributed to our knowledge of venomous snakes of that region. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Campbell, Jonathan A. and William W. Lamar 2004. The Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere, 2 vols. Comstock (Cornell University Press), Ithaca, NY, 962 pp. [review in Science 305: 182]
  • Lamar, W.W. 2003. A new species of slender coralsnake from Colombia, and its clinal and ontogenetic variation (Serpentes, Elapidae: Leptomicrurus). Revista de Biologia Tropical 51(3-4):805-810 - get paper here
  • Sprackland, R. G. 2001. Dwarf monitors. Reptile and Amphibian Hobbyist 6 (10): 8-16
  • 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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