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Ninia psephota (COPE, 1875)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesRed-bellied Coffee Snake, Cope's Coffee Snake 
SynonymCatostoma psephotum COPE 1875: 145
Streptophorus oxynotus WERNER 1909: 216
Ninia cerroensis TAYLOR 1954
Ninia psephota — BURGER & WERLER 1954: 655
Ninia oxynota — BURGER & WERLER 1954: 655
Ninia oxynota - PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Ninia psephota - PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Ninia psephota — SAVAGE 2002
Ninia psephota — WALLACH et al. 2014: 487 
DistributionPanama, Costa Rica (1200-2770 m elevation)

Type locality: higher points on Pico Blanco, 5000-7000 ft elevation, Costa Rica. Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: USNM 61971, a 480 mm specimen (W.M. Gabb).
Holotype: KU 31935 [cerroensis] 
Comment 
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
  • Arias, Erick and Gerardo Chaves. 2014. 140 years after William M. Gabb’s climb to Cerro Pico Blanco. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (1): 176-180 - get paper here
  • Burger,W.L. & Werler,J.E. 1954. The subspecies of the ring-necked coffee snake Ninia diademata, and a short biological and taxonomic account of the genus. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 36: 643-672 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1875. On the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica with notes on the herpetology and ichthyology of Nicaragua and Peru. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia N.S. (2) 8: 93-183 [sometimes said to be published 1876 but see Murphy et al. 2007 for clarification]] - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Savage,J.M. & Lahanas,P.N. 1991. On the species of the colubrid snake genus Ninia in Costa Rica and Western Panama. Herpetologica 47 (1): 37-53 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Werner,F. 1909. Über neue oder seltene Reptilien des Naturhistorischen Museums in Hamburg. Jahrb. Hamb. wiss. Anst. suppl. 2 (Mitt. Naturhist. Mus. Hamb. 1908) 26: 205-247 - get paper here
 
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