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Pseudalsophis slevini (VAN DENBURGH, 1912)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Banded Galapagos Snake 
SynonymDromicus slevini VAN DENBURGH 1912
Antillophis steindachneri — THOMAS 1997
Pseudalsophis slevini — ZAHER et al. 2009
Antillophis slevini — GRAZZIOTIN et al. 2012
Antillophis slevini — ZUG 2013
Alsophis slevini — URBANSKY 2014
Pseudalsophis slevini — WALLACH et al. 2014: 595 
DistributionGalapagos Archipelago (Dinzón, Fernandina, Isabela, Pinzón;

Type locality: “Duncan Island, Galapagos Archipelago." [= Dinzón].  
TypesHolotype: CAS 12216, a 323 mm male (J.R. Slevin, 14 Aug. 1906). 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: No scale-pits; scales in 19 rows; gastrosteges 170 to 183; urosteges 82 to 104; no longitudinal light stripes Diagnosis:-No scale-pits; scales in 19 rows; gastrosteges 170 to 183; urosteges 82 to 104; no longitudinal light stripes [from VAN DENBURGH 1912] 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Joseph Richard Slevin (1881-1957), who came from a family tradition of naturalists: his father was an ornithologist and a member of the California Academy of Sciences. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Grazziotin, Felipe G.; Hussam Zaher, Robert W. Murphy, Gustavo Scrocchi, Marco A. Benavides, Ya-Ping Zhang and Sandro L. Bonatto 2012. Molecular phylogeny of the New World Dipsadidae (Serpentes: Colubroidea): a reappraisal. Cladistics DOI: 10.1111/j.1096-0031.2012.00393.x - get paper here
  • Ortiz-Catedral, Luis; Eli Christian, Michael J. A. Skirrow, Danny Rueda, Christian Sevilla, Kumar Kirtana, Enzo MR Reyes, Jennifer C. Daltry 2019. Diet of six species of Galapagos terrestrial snakes (Pseudalsophis spp.) inferred from fecal samples. Herpetology Notes 12: 701-704 - get paper here
  • Thomas, Robert A 1997. Galapagos terrestrial snakes: biogeography and systematics. Herpetological Natural History 5 (1): 19-40
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Urbansky, D. 2014. Eine Kreuzfahrt zu den Galapagos-Inseln, Teil 1: die westlichen Inseln Isabela und Fernandina. Iguana 27 (1): 23-31
  • Van Denburgh, John 1912. Expedition of the California Academy of Sciences to the Galapagos Islands, 1905-1906. IV. The snakes of the Galapagos Islands. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (Ser. 4) 1: 323-374 - 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.
  • Zaher, Hussam; Grazziotin, Felipe Gobbi; Cadle, John E.; Murphy, Robert W.; Moura-Leite, Julio Cesar de; Bonatto, Sandro L 2009. Molecular phylogeny of advanced snakes (Serpentes, Caenophidia) with an emphasis on South American Xenodontines: a revised classification and descriptions of new taxa. Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 49 (11): 115-153 - get paper here
  • ZUG, G.R. 2013. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley, 306 pp. - get paper here
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