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Mussurana montana (FRANCO, MARQUES & PUORTO, 1997)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymClelia montana FRANCO, MARQUES & PUORTO 1997
Mussurana montana — ZAHER et al. 2009
Mussurana montana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 462 
DistributionBrazil (NW Sao Paulo, S Minas Gerais)

Type locality: city of Guaratingueta (22°49' S; 45°93' W), Sodre mill, state of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  
TypesHolotype: IB (= IBSP) 22505, adult male; paratypes: IB 
CommentRelated to C. rustica, being distinguished from the latter by the numbers of supra- and infralabials and the generalized color pattern. 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “montanus”, meaning “pertaining to mountains. 
  • Franco, F.L., Marques,O.A.V. & Puorto,G. 1997. Two new species of colubrid snakes of the genus Clelia from Brazil. Journal of Herpetology 31 (4): 483-490 - get paper here
  • Morato, S.A.A.; Franco, F.L. & Sanches, E.J. 2003. Uma nova espécie de Clelia (Serpentes, Colubridae) do sul do Brasil. Phyllomedusa 2 (2): 93-100 - 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.
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