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Urotheca pachyura (COPE, 1875)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymContia pachyura COPE 1875: 145
Rhadinaea pachyura — DUNN 1938: 198
Rhadinaea pachyura pachyura — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 267
Rhadinaea pachyura — MYERS 1974: 191
Rhadinaea pachyura — VILLA et al. 1988
Urotheca pachyura — SAVAGE & CROTHER 1989
Urotheca pachyura — SAVAGE 2002
Urotheca pachyura — WALLACH et al. 2014: 784
Urotheca pachyura — SUNYER & MARTÍNEZ-FONSECA 2023 
DistributionCosta Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia [Castro, F.. (pers. comm.)]

Type locality: Sipurio, [near Suretka, Limon Province], Costa Rica.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 30618, adult male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: MYERS 1974: 192 
CommentSubspecies: The subspecies fulviceps has been raised to full species status. U. pachyura is not listed in PEREZ-SANTOS & MORENO 1988.

Distribution: not in Ecuador fide O. Torres-Carvajal, pers. comm. 8 Sep 2016. 
  • 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
  • Dunn, E.R. 1944. A revision of the Colombian snakes of the genera Leimadophis, Lygophis, Liophis, Rhadinaea, and Pliocercus, with a note on Colombian Coniophanes. Caldasia 2 (10): 479-495 - get paper here
  • MURPHY R. W., SMITH A. and NGO A. 2007. The versions of Cope's Batrachia and Reptilia of Costa Rica. Bibliotheca Herpetologica 7 (1): - get paper here
  • Myers, C.W. 1974. The systematics of Rhadinaea (Colubridae), a genus of New World snakes. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 153 (1): 1-262 - get paper here
  • Salazar, Milton and Marco Barquero 2012. First country records for Urotheca decipiens and Urotheca pachyura and range extensions of Urotheca guentheri in Nicaragua. Herpetological Bulletin (121): 33-35 - 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. & Crother,B.I. 1989. The status of Pliocercus and Urotheca (Serpentes: Colubridae), with a review of included species of coral snake mimics. Zool. J. Linnean Soc. 95: 335-362 - get paper here
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Sunyer, Javier 2014. An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 186–202. - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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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