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Rhadinella kinkelini (BOETTGER, 1898)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Kinkelin Graceful Brown Snake
S: Hojarasquera de Kinkelin 
SynonymRhadinaea kinkelini BOETTGER 1898: 68
Rhadinaea veraepacis STUART & BAILEY 1941: 9
Trimetopon veraepacis — STUART 1963 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Rhadinaea pinicola MERTENS 1952: 72 (fide KÖHLER & MCCRANIE 1999)
Rhadinaea kinkelini — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 266
Rhadinella kinkelini — MYERS 2011
Rhadinaea kinkelini — GUERRA-CENTENO et al. 2012
Rhadinella kinkelini — WALLACH et al. 2014: 643
Rhadinella kinkelini — MARTÍNEZ-FONSECA et al. 2024 
DistributionNicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras (elevation: 1370-2085 m), El Salvador
Mexico (Chiapas) [MENDELSON & KIZIRIAN 1995]

Type locality: Matagalpa, Nicaragua.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 19062 (formerly 8178,1a)
Holotype: UMMZ 89077 [veraepacis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Myers 1974: 137. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Georg Friedrich Kinkelin (1836-1913), a German geologist and malacologist and friend of Boettger. 
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  • García-Padilla, Elí and Vicente Mata-Silva 2014. Noteworthy distributional records for the herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 293 - get paper here
  • Guerra Centeno, Dennis; Héctor Fuentes Rousselin & David Morán Villatoro 2012. Serpientes de Guatemala: Guía para didentificación de especies. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 186 pp.
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  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Köhler, Gunther and James R. McCranie 1999. Taxonomic status of Rhadinaea pinicola Mertens (Serpentes: Colubridae). Copeia 1999 (2): 529-530 - get paper here
  • Martínez-Fonseca JG, Holmes IA, Sunyer J, Westeen EP, Grundler MR, Cerda PA, Fernández-Mena MA, Loza-Molina JC, Monagan IV Jr., Nondorf D, Pandelis GG, Rabosky ARD 2023. A collection and analysis of amphibians and reptiles from Nicaragua with new country and departmental records. Check List 20(1): 58-125 - get paper here
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