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Urotheca guentheri (DUNN, 1938)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Striped glasstail 
SynonymTachymenis decipiens — GÜNTHER 1895 (preoccupied)
Rhadinaea persimilis DUNN 1938 (nomen praeoccupatum)
Rhadinaea güntheri DUNN 1938 (nom. subst. pro T. decipiens)
Rhadinaea guentheri — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 265
Rhadinaea guentheri — MYERS 1974: 182
Rhadinaea guentheri — VILLA et al. 1988
Urotheca guentheri — SAVAGE & CROTHER 1989
Urotheca guentheri — SAVAGE 2002: 645
Urotheca guentheri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 783
Urotheca guentheri — SUNYER & MARTÍNEZ-FONSECA 2023 
DistributionNicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras

Type locality: “Irazu, Costa Rica” [= Volcán Irazú, N Cartago or E San José Prov., Costa Rica, ca. 9°59’N, 83°51’W] (lectotype locality)  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.8.15 (the best preserved syntype), designated by MYERS 1974: 182; paralectotypes (former syntypes): BMNH 1946.1.8.13-1946.1.8.15. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: MYERS 1974: 182 
CommentSynonymy: The specific name is preoccupied by Ablabes decipiens GÜNTHER. Rhadinaea persimilis DUNN 1938 is pre-occupied by Taeniophallus persimilis (COPE 1868)(Brazil). 
EtymologyNamed after Albert Günther (1830-1914), German-born zoologist at the British Museum. 
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  • Dunn,E.R. 1938. A New Rhadinaea from Central America. Copeia 1938 (4): 197-198 - get paper here
  • Elizondo, Luis. 2016. Urotheca guentheri in Darién, Panama, at the northern extreme of the Chocó Biogeographic Region. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 536-539 - get paper here
  • Günther, A. C. L. G. 1885. Reptilia and Batrachia. Biologia Centrali-Américana. Taylor, & Francis, London, 326 pp. [published in parts from 1885-1902; reprint by the SSAR 1987] - get paper here
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  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
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  • McCranie,J.R.; Wilson,L.D. & Gotte,S.W. 2001. Three new country records for Handuran snakes. Herpetological Review 32: 62-63 - get paper here
  • Myers, C W. Cadle J E. 1994. A new genus for South American snakes related to Rhadinaea obtusa Cope (Colubridae) and resurrection of Taeniophallus Cope for the "Rhadinaea" brevirostris group. American Museum Novitates (3102): 1-33 - get paper here
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  • Sunyer, Javier & José́ Gabriel Martínez-Fonseca 2023. An updated country checklist to the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. REVISTA NICARAGÜENSE DE BIODIVERSIDAD (100): 1-25 - get paper here
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