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Pliocercus euryzonus COPE, 1862

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesPliocercus euryzonus euryzonus COPE 1862
Pliocercus euryzonus burghardti SMITH & CHISZAR 1996 
Common NamesCope's False Coral Snake 
SynonymPliocercus euryzonus COPE 1862: 72
Pliocercus dimidiatus COPE 1865
Pliocercus dimidiatus — COPE 1885: 183
Pliocercus arubricus TAYLOR 1954 (fide SAVAGE & CROTHER 1989)
Pliocercus annellatus TAYLOR 1951 (fide SAVAGE & CROTHER 1989)
Pliocercus aerubricus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970 (fide VILLA et al.)
Pliocercus annellatus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Pliocercus dimidiatus — VILLA 1983
Urotheca euryzona — SAVAGE & CROTHER 1989
Pliocercus euryzonus — MYERS & CADLE 1994
Pliocercus dimidiatus — SMITH & CHISZAR 2001
Pliocercus eurizonus — LEHR 2002: 205
Urotheca euryzona — SAVAGE 2002: 642
Urotheca euryzona — SOLORZANO 2004
Urotheca euryzona — CASTRO-HERRERA & VARGAS-SALINAS 2008
Pliocercus euryzona — RAY & KNIGHT 2013
Pliocercus euryzonus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 571

Pliocercus euryzona euryzona COPE 1862
Pliocercus euryzonus COPE 1862: 72
Liophis splendens JAN 1863: 302
Liophis splendens — BOULENGER 1882: 461
Pliocercus euryzonus euryzonus — STUART 1948: 72
Pliocercus euryzona euryzona — PETERS 1960: 535
Pliocercus euryzonus euryzonus — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 251 
DistributionGuatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama,
Colombia (western and central coordilleras of the Colombian Andes), Ecuador, Brazil, Peru

Type locality: region of the Truando, New Grenada (now Colombia) 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.
TypesHolotype: USNM 4303 (formerly SIM 4303)
Holotype: KU 25370 (Morehouse Finca, Cartago, Costa Rica) [annellatus]
Holotype: KU 31943, Isla Bonita, Heredia, Costa Rica) [arubricus]
Holotype: USNM 6363 (Arriba, Costa Rica) [Pliocercus dimidiatus] 
CommentThe usually bicolour (red and yellow OR white and black) pattern mimics similar colour variation in the sympatric venomous coral snake Micrurus mipartitus. Two subspecies according to PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970.

Distribution: Not listed for Honduras by WILSON & MCCRANIE (2002). This species has been reported from Peru, but without specific locality (T. Doan, pers. comm. 30 Apr 2012).

Synonymy: Pliocercus sargii FIRSCHER 1881 has been considered as a synonym of P. elapoides by some authors. VILLA et al. 1988 mentioned Pliocercus aequalis as a synonym of Pliocercus euryzonus. 
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  • Boulenger, George A. 1883. Account of the reptiles and batrachians collected by Mr. Edward Whymper in Ecuador in 1879-80. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (5) 9: 457-466 - get paper here
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  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
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