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Rhadinaea decorata (GÜNTHER, 1858)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Adorned Graceful Brown Snake
G: Geschmückte Laubschlange 
SynonymCoronella decorata GÜNTHER 1858: 35
Rhadinaea decorata — COPE 1864: 101
Dromicus ignitus by COPE 1871
Diadophis decorata — GARMAN 1884: 71
Rhadinaea ignita — COPE 1893
Erythrolamprus longicaudus WERNER 1903: 348
Rhadinaea decorata — TAYLOR 1949: 196
Rhadinaea decorata decorata — TAYLOR 1951: 113
Rhadinaea decorata — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 265
Rhadinaea decorata — LINER 1994
Rhadinaea decorata — LINER 2007
Rhadinea decorata [sic] — GOLDBERG 2007
Rhadinea decorata [sic] — ROVITO et al. 2015
Rhadinaea decorata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 639 
DistributionMexico (Oaxaca, Puebla, Hidalgo, Veracruz, San Luis Potosí, Chiapas), Guatemala, El Salvador ?,
Honduras ?, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama
Colombia [Castro,F. (pers. comm.)]

Type locality: Mexico

longicaudus: Type locality: “Coban, Guatemala”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: BMNH
Holotype: ZSM 216/0 (lost), adult [Erythrolamprus longicaudus] 
CommentSynonymy after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970.

Max. total length: 35 cm

Habitat: terrestrial

Distribution: not in Yucatan state (Mexico), fide Gonzalez-Sanchez et al. 2017.

The only other species of Erythrolamprus reported from Guatemala is E. mentalis WERNER 1909, a species of unknown status (MYERS 1974: 122). The type locality of E. mentalis is in “Guatemala” and its type is in ZMH.

Group: Rhadinaea decorata group 
EtymologyThe specific name was derived from the Latin word decorus, meaning "beautiful or adorned," in reference to the dorsal pattern. 
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