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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymTropidophis preciosus CURCIO, SALES NUNES, SUZART ARGOLO, SKUK & RODRIGUES 2012
Tropidophis preciosus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 755 
DistributionBrazil (Minas Gerais: southern versant of the Serra do Espinhaço)

Type locality: Conselheiro Mata, small village at approximately 40 km east from the municipality of Diamantina, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil  
TypesHolotype: MZUSP 17957, not labeled in field, adult female, September 1989, collected by G. Skuk.
Paratype.—LZVUFOP 913 S, adult female, collected at Parque Estadual do Itacolomi, between the municipalities of Mariana and Ouro Preto, state of Minas Gerais, by B.Y.P. Imai and V.S. Monteiro. 
CommentHabitat: T. preciosus is the only species from the Atlantic Forest occurring in open landscapes of rocky meadows, whereas T. grapiuna and T. paucisquamis are clearly associated with forest formations. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific epithet is a Latin adjective in the nominative singular as a reference to the particular gem richness in the region of the type locality, especially in the municipalities of Diamantina, Ouro Preto and Mariana. 
  • Curcio, Felipe Franco; Pedro M. Sales Nunes, Antônio Jorge Suzart Argolo, Gabriel Skuk, and Miguel Trefaut Rodrigues 2012. Taxonomy of the South American Dwarf Boas of the Genus Tropidophis Bibron, 1840, With the Description of Two New Species from the Atlantic Forest (Serpentes: Tropidophiidae). Herpetological Monographs 26 (1): 80-121. - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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