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Trimetopon pliolepis COPE, 1894

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Cope's Tropical Ground Snake 
SynonymTrimetopon pliolepis COPE 1894: 201
Trimetopon pliolepis — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 309
Trimetopon pliolepis — VILLA et al. 1988
Trimetopon pliolepis — SAVAGE 2002
Trimetopon pliolepis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 743 
DistributionNicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama

Type locality: San Jose, Costa Rica.  
TypesHolotype: AMNH 17302 
CommentDUNN 1937 listed this species as a synonym of T. gracile.

Distribution: rare in Panama, known from only a few specimens (S. Lotzkat, pers. comm., 23 Dec 2015). 
  • Cope, E.D. 1894. Third addition to a knowledge of the batrachia and reptilia of Costa Rica. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1894: 194-206 - get paper here
  • Dunn, Emmett Reid 1937. New or Unnamed Snakes from Costa RicaNew or Unnamed Snakes from Costa Rica. Copeia 1937 (4): 213- 215 - get paper here
  • Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Allan Antonio and Javier Sunyer. 2016. First record of Trimetopon pliolepis Cope, 1894 (Reptilia: Squamata: Dipsadidae) from Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 517-518 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • 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]
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Taylor,E.H. 1951. A brief review ot the snakes of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 34 (1): 3-188 - 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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