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Sibon argus (COPE, 1875)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesArgus Snail Sucker 
SynonymLeptognathus argus COPE 1876: 130
Sibon argus — PETERS 1960
Sibon argus — VILLA et al. 1988
Sibon argus — CADLE & MYERS 2003: 37
Sibon argus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 667 
DistributionCosta Rica, W Panama

Type locality: Sipurio, Costa Rica  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: USNM 30656, male, collected by Dr. Wm. Gabb. 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970. Synonymized with S. dimidiata by KOFRON 1990 (but not followed by other authors). 
EtymologyNamed after the mythological Greek giant Argus who had many eyes (some accounts say 100). The reptiles named after him are adorned with ocelli (eyelike spots). 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cadle, J.E. & Myers, C.W. 2003. Systematics of Snakes Referred to Dipsas variegata in Panama and Western South America, with Revalidation of Two Species and Notes on Defensive Behaviors in the Dipsadini (Colubridae). American Museum Novitates 3409: 1-47 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1875. On the Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica with notes on the herpetology and ichthyology of Nicaragua and Peru. Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia N.S. (2) 8: 93-183 [sometimes said to be published 1876 but see Murphy et al. 2007 for clarification]] - get paper here
  • Köhler, Gunther, Sebastian Lotzkat and Andreas Hertz. 2010. A new species of Sibon (Squamata: Colubridae) from western Panama. Herpetologica 66 (1): 80-85 - get paper here
  • Lewis, Todd R.; Rowland K. Griffin, Paul B. C. Grant, Alex Figueroa, Julie M. Ray, Kirsty E. Graham, and Gabriel David 2013. Morphology and ecology of Sibon snakes (Squamata: Dipsadidae) from two Neotropical forests in Mesoamerica. Phyllomedusa 12 (1): 47-55
  • Lotzkat, S.; A. Hertz; G. Köhler. 2012. A new species of Sibon (Squamata: Colubroidea: Dipsadidae) from the Cordillera Central of western Panama, with comments on other species of the genus in the area. Zootaxa 3485: 26–40 - get paper here
  • Peters , J. A. 1960. The snakes of the subfamily Dipsadinae. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool., Univ. Michigan (114): 224 pp. - get paper here
  • Ray, Julie M.; Chad E. Montgomery, Heidi K. Mahon, Alan H. Savitzky, and Karen R. Lips 2012. Goo-Eaters: Diets of the Neotropical Snakes Dipsas and Sibon in Central Panama. Copeia 2012 (2): 197-202. - get paper here
  • Savage, J.M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna Between Two Continents, Between Two Seas. University of Chicago Press, 934 pp. [review in Copeia 2003 (1): 205]
  • Savage,J.M. & McDiarmid,R.W. 1992. Rediscovery of the Central American colubrid snake, Sibon argus, with comments on related species from the region. Copeia 1992 (2): 421-432 - get paper here
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • 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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