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Ninia atrata (HALLOWELL, 1845)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSouth American Coffee Snake, Hallowell's Coffee Snake 
SynonymColuber atratus HALLOWELL 1845: 245
Streptophorus Lansbergi DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 518
Streptophorus Drozii DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 518
Ninia atrata — COPE 1860: 340
Streptophorus sebae schmidti JAN 1862: 27
Streptophorus Sebae var. Drozii — JAN 1865
Streptophorus Lansbergii — JAN 1865
Ninia spilogaster PETERS 1881: 49
Streptophorus atratus — BOULENGER 1893: 293
Ninia lansbergii — BURGER & WERLER 1954
Ninia atrata — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 221
Ninia atrata — VILLA et al. 1988
Ninia atrata — GORZULA & SEÑARIS 1999
Ninia atrata — KORNACKER & NATERA-MUMAW 2008
Ninia atrata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 486 
DistributionE Panama, Colombia (Valle del Cauca), Ecuador, Venezuela (Táchira, Barinas [HR 35: 192]), Trinidad

Type locality: “within 200 miles of Caracas” (fide KORNACKER 1999) Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ANSP 3410-12
Holotype: MNHN 3446 [Lansbergi]
Holotype: MNHN 3444 [drozii] 
CommentSynonymy mainly after BURGER & WERLER 1954 and PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. The International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (1963) has established the priority of the name Ninia atrata over N. lansbergii.

Distribution: Not listed for Honduras by WILSON & MCCRANIE (2002). Honduran and Costa Rican populations of this species are now referred to Ninia celata (see SVAGAE 2002 for details). 
References
  • Angarita-Sierra, Teddy 2014. Hemipenial Morphology in the Semifossorial Snakes of the Genus Ninia and a New Species from Trinidad, West Indies (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) . South American J. Herp. 9 (2): 114-130 - get paper here
  • Angarita-Sierra, Teddy 2015. Repertoire of antipredator displays in the semifossorial snake Ninia atrata (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) Herpetology Notes 8: 339-344 - get paper here
  • ANGARITA-SIERRA, TEDDY & JOHN D. LYNCH 2017. A new species of Ninia (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) from Chocó-Magdalena biogeographical province, western Colombia. Zootaxa 4244 (4): 478–492
  • Angarita-Sierra, Teddy G. 2009. Variación geográfica de Ninia atrata en Colombia (Colubridae: Dipsadinae). Pap. Av. Zool. 49 (22): 277-288 - get paper here
  • Arteaga AF, Bustamante-Enríquez LM and Guayasamin JM 2013. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo. http://www.tropicalherping.com - get paper here
  • Boos, H.E.A. 2001. The snakes of Trinidad and Tobago. Texas A&M University Press, 270 pp.
  • Castro-Herrera, F. & Vargas-Salinas, F. 2008. Anfibios y reptiles en el departamento del Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Biota Colombiana 9 (2): 251 - 277 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1861. Notes and descriptions of new and little-known species of American reptiles. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 12: 339-345 [1860] - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - get paper here
  • Dunn,E.R. 1935. The snakes of the genus Ninia. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 21: 9-12. - get paper here
  • Gorzula, Stefan & Senaris, J. Celsa 1999. In: Contribution to the herpetofauna of the Venezuelan Guayana. I: a data base. Scientia Guaianae, Caracas, No. 8 [1998], 269+ pp.; ISBN 980-6020-48-0
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  • Hidalgo, H. N. 1981. Additions to the snake fauna of El Salvador. Herpetological Review 12:67-68 - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1862. Enumerazione sistematico delle specie d'ofidi del gruppo Calamaridae. Arch. Zool., Anat. Fisiol., 2: 1-76. - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 13. Livraison. [Homalosoma mite]. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
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  • Lancini,A.R. & Kornacker,P.M. 1989. Die Schlangen von Venezuela. Armitano Editores C.A., Caracas, 1-381
  • Lynn, W.G. 1959. Some Reptiles and Amphibians From Trinidad. Herpetologica 15 (3): 113-117 - get paper here
  • Markezich, A.L. 2002. New distribution records of reptiles from Western Venezuela. Herpetological Review 33 (1): 69-74 - get paper here
  • Mccranie, J.R. & L.D. Wilson 1995. Two new species of Colubrid snakes of the genus Ninia from central America. Journal of Herpetology 29 (2): 224-232 - get paper here
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  • Rojas-Morales, Julián Andrés; Juan Camilo Zuluaga-Isaza, Román Felipe Díaz-Ayala 2017. Observations on the feeding behavior of the semifossorial snake Ninia atrata (Hallowell 1845) (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) IRCF Reptiles & Amphibians 24 (2): 124–126 - get paper here
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