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Saphenophis boursieri (JAN, 1867)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesS: Culebra de labios manchados 
SynonymDromicus boursieri JAN in JAN & SORDELLI 1867
Coronella Whymperi BOULENGER 1883: 460
Lygophis boursieri — SHREVE 1934: 125
Lygophis boursieri — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 186
Liophis boursieri — DIXON 1980
Saphenophis boursieri — CARRERA et al. 2009
Saphenophis boursieri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 662 
DistributionColombia (incl. Valle del Cauca), Ecuador, (elevation 6200 feet)

Type locality: Quito, Ecuador  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 0858, a 590 mm female; but said to be unknown fide PETERS 1960 
CommentType species: Dromicus boursieri JAN 1867 is the type species of the genus Saphenophis MYERS 1973. 
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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
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1891. Reptilia & Batrachia. in Whympe r, Edward. Supplementary Appendix to Travels amongst the Great Andes of the Equator. pp. 128-136. London, John Murray, 147 pp.
  • Carrera, C. et al. 2009. Guía de Campo de los Pequeños Vertebrados del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito (DMQ). Publicación Miscelánea N° 5. Serie de Publicaciones del Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales (MECN) – Fondo Ambiental del MDMQ. 1-89 pp. Imprenta Nuevo Arte. Quito-Ecuador.
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  • Jan, G. 1867. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 25. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
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  • Myers, Charles W. 1966. Lygophis boursieri (Jan), A snake new to the fauna of Colombia. Copeia 1966 (4): 886-888 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W. 1969. South American snakes related to Lygophis boursieri: A reappraisal of Rhadinaea antioquiensis, Rhadinaea tristriata, Coronella whymperi, and Liophis atahuallpae. American Museum Novitates (2385): 1-27 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W. 1973. A new genus for Andean snakes related to Lygophis boursieri and a new species (Colubridae). American Museum Novitates (2522): 1-37 - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of Ecuador; check list and key. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 122: 489-541 - get paper here
  • Peters, James A.; Donoso-Barros, Roberto & Orejas-Miranda, Braulio 1970. Catalogue of the Neotropical Squamata: Part I Snakes. Bull. US Natl. Mus. 297: 347 pp. - get paper here
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  • Valencia-Zuleta A, Jaramillo-Martínez AF, Echeverry-Bocanegra A, Viáfara-Vega R, Hernández-Córdoba O, Cardona-Botero VE, Gutiérrez-Zúñiga J, Castro-Herrera F. 2014. Conservation status of the herpetofauna, protected areas, and current problems in Valle del Cauca, Colombia. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 8 (2): 1–18 (e87) - 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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