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Rhadinaea bogertorum MYERS, 1974

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Oaxacan Graceful Brown Snake
S: Hojarasquera de Oaxaca 
SynonymRhadinaea bogertorum MYERS 1974: 59
Rhadinaea bogertorum — LINER 1994
Rhadinaea bogertorum — LINER 2007
Rhadinaea bogertorum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 639
DistributionMexico (Oaxaca)

Type locality: 10.5 miles (16.8 kilometers) by road north of Cerro Pelón, near km. 123 on Tuxtepec Road, 6650 feet (2027 meters), Sierra de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico.  
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS: Rhadinaea bogertorum seems to be most closely related to, and likely to be confused with, one or two other species of the decorata group that also occur in the state of Oaxaca. It most nearly resembles the geographically isolated R. myersi,as both species have only a weak indication ofa narrow, dark vertebral line, and a gray or black lateral line that may be interrupted by a pale spot on the upper part of each scale in row 4. But R. bogertorumhas a greater number of ventral plates, and the male organ has a larger capitulum, which comprises at least half the length of the hemipenis (sulcate side) rather than about two-fifths as in myersi. Rhadinaea bogertorum is distinguished from the neighboring R. macdougalli in having more ventrals, a slightly different pattern (see Remarks), and probably in larger size and more maxillary teeth. (Myers 1974).

Detailed descriptions of the types: Myers 1974 
CommentGroup: Rhadinaea decorata group 
EtymologyNamed after Charles and Martha Bogert, who collected the only known specimens. 
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  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Myers, C.W. 1974. The systematics of Rhadinaea (Colubridae), a genus of New World snakes. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 153 (1): 1-262 - get paper here
  • Ramirez-Bautista, Aurelio; Mancilla-Moreno, Mario; Van Breukelen, Frank 1998. Morphological Variation and Relationship of Rhadinaea bogertorum (Squamata: Colubridae), an endemic Snake of the Sierra De Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico. Bull. Maryland Herp. Soc. 34 (4): 99 - get paper here
  • Simón-Salvador PR, Arreortúa M, Flores CA, Santiago-Dionicio H, González-Bernal E 2021. The role of Indigenous and Community Conservation Areas in herpetofauna conservation: a preliminary list for Santa Cruz Tepetotutla, Oaxaca Mexico. ZooKeys 1029: 185-208 - 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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