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Phalotris cuyanus (CEI, 1984)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymElapomorphus cuyanus CEI 1984
Phalotris cuyanus — FERRAREZZI 1993
Phalotris cuyanus — LEYNAUD et al. 2005
Phalotris cuyanus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 546 
DistributionSW Argentina (in San Juan to south of Mendoza province, a semiarid region in the Subandean district.)

Type locality: Los Reyunos, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina, 900-1000 m elevation, area of Sierra Pintada.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MHNSR. 300 - Un macho adulto; colectado 20-abrH-1975 por H. A. Lagiglia.
Paratype: MZUF. 26124 - un macho adulto; 8 km. E Caucete, San Juan, en zona medanosa árida; colectado el 19-noviembre-1978 por J. M. Cei. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Un Elapomorphus de tamaño relativamente grande, caracterizado por coloración dorsal amarillo uniforme u ocre, ausencia de líneas negras longitudinales y manchas ventrales transversas; con co-llar blanco-negro nucal bien evidente.” 
CommentClosed to P. punctatus, but without dots on dorsal coloration. (See P. punctatus).

Habitat: xerophilic mountain. 
Etymology 
References
  • Cei, J.M. 1984. Una nueva especie de Elapomorphus de la region de Cuyo (Colubridae, Serpentes). Boletín del Museo de Ciencias Naturales y Antropologicas Moyano, Mendoza, (4): 41-50
  • Ferrarezzi H. 1993. Nota sobre o genero Phalotris com revisao do grupo nasutus e descricao de tres novas especies (Serpentes, Colubridae, Xenodontinae). Mem. Inst. Butantan 55 (SUPPL. 1): 21-38. - get paper here
  • Jansen, M; Kohler, G 2008. A new species of Phalotris from the eastern lowlands of Bolivia (Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae). Senckenbergiana Biologica 88 (1): 103-110
  • Leynaud, Gerardo C.; Mario R. Cabrera and Paola Carrasco 2005. A survey of the southernmost representatives of the tricolor species group, genus Phalotris (Serpentes, Colubridae). Phyllomedusa 4 (2): 103-110 - 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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