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Arrhyton redimitum (COPE, 1862)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Alsophiini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Oriente Brown-capped Racerlet 
SynonymColorhogia redimita COPE 1862: 81
Arrhyton redimitum — BOULENGER 1894
Arrhyton redimitum — STEJNEGER 1917
Arrhyton vittatum landoi SCHWARTZ 1965: 109
Arrhyton landoi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 587
Arrhyton redimitum — HEDGES & GARRIDO 1992
Arrhyton landoi — CROTHER 1999
Arrhyton landoi — ZAHER et al. 2009
Arrhyton redimitum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 56 

Type locality: Eastern Cuba

landoi: Cuba; Type locality: Mountains north of Imías, Guantánamo Province, Cuba.  
TypesNeotype: MCZ 42505, originally the holotype of landoi; Holotype: unlocated, probably lost (fide HEDGES & GARRIDO 1992) 
CommentSynonymy: Has been previously considered as a synonym of Arrhyton taeniatum Gunther 1858. HEDGES & GARRIDO (1992) provide evidence that the original holotype is actually not A. redimitum. BOULENGER’s (1894) description was not based on the type but rather on BOCOURT’s description. 
Etymologyredimitum, is derived from the Latin “redimiculum,” meaning head band, which aptly describes the distinctive pattern feature of A. landoi. 
  • Bocourt, M. F. 1883. In A. Duméril, M. F. Bocourt, and F. Mocquard, (1870-1909), Etudes sur les reptiles, p. i-xiv, 1-1012. In Recherches Zoologiques pour servir a l'Histoire de Ia Faune de l'Amérique Centrale et du Mexique. Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amér Imprimerie Impériale, Paris - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1862. Synopsis of the species of Holcosus and Ameiva, with diagnoses of new West Indian and South American Colubridae. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 14: 60-82. - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. B. and O. H. Garrido. 1992. Cuban snakes of the genus Arrhyton: two new species and a reconsideration of A. redimitum Cope. Herpetologica 48: 168-177 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. Blair; Arnaud Couloux; Vidal, Nicolas 2009. Molecular phylogeny, classification, and biogeography of West Indian racer snakes of the Tribe Alsophiini (Squamata, Dipsadidae, Xenodontinae). Zootaxa 2067: 1-28 - get paper here
  • Hedges,S.B. et al. 1992. Caribbean biogeography: molecular evidence for dispersal in West Indian terrestrial vertebrates. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. (USA) 89: 1909-1913 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. 1965. A review of the colubrid snake genus Arrhyton with a description of a new subspecies from southern Oriente Province, Cuba. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 78: 99-113. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. and O. H. Garrido. 1981. A review of the Cuban members of the genus Arrhyton (Reptilia, Serpentes, Colubridae). Annals of the Carnegie Museum 50: 207-230.
  • Sooy, Kent Van 2012. Picture: A red diamond rattlesnake that was found in a rock pile less than a mile away from thousands of suburban homes. Litteratura Serpentium 32 (4): 218 - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L.H. 1917. Cuban amphibians and reptiles collected for the United States National Museum from 1899 to 1902. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 53: 259-291 - 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.
  • Zaher, Hussam; Grazziotin, Felipe Gobbi; Cadle, John E.; Murphy, Robert W.; Moura-Leite, Julio Cesar de; Bonatto, Sandro L 2009. Molecular phylogeny of advanced snakes (Serpentes, Caenophidia) with an emphasis on South American Xenodontines: a revised classification and descriptions of new taxa. Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 49 (11): 115-153 - get paper here
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