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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesColombian Longtail Snake
G: Kolumbianische Langschwanznatter 
SynonymLeptocalamus sclateri BOULENGER 1894: 251
Enulius sclateri — COPE 1871
Enulius slateri — DUNN 1938: 417 (in error)
Enulius sclateri — TAYLOR 1954: 707
Enulius sclateri — VILLA et al. 1988
Enuliophis sclateri — McCRANIE & VILLA 1993
Enulius slateri — SAVAGE 2002
Enuliophis sclateri — KÖHLER et al. 2004
“Enuliophis” sclateri — MYERS & MCDOWELL 2014: 66
Enuliophis sclateri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 273 
DistributionNicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras,
Colombia; elevation 0-1285 m.

Type locality: “S. America”  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.21.72 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSTICS: Most examples of this small black snake have the upper surfaces of the head and neck pure white except for the tip of the snout. In many other examples the tip of the frontal, all of the parietals, and several scale rows on the neck are white. The first of these head patterns occurs in no other species. The second is also found in Enulius flavitorques, but the rounded snout of E. sclateri will separate it from its congener (Savage 2002: 589).

Diagnosis of genus and species in McCRANIE & VILLA 1993. 
CommentType species: Leptocalamus sclateri BOULENGER 1894 is the type species of the genus Enuliophis McCRANIE & VILLA 1993.

SIMILAR SPECIES: (I) Enulius flavitorques has a shovel-shaped snout (fig. 11.26). (2) Geophis with a light nuchal collar have keeled scales (fig. 11.5) over at least the last third of the body or the nuchal collar not involving all of the parietal shields. (3) Similarly colored species of Ninia (fig. 11.33c,d) have keeled scales (fig. 11.5). (4) Trimetopon with a light nuchal collar have a single prefrontal shield (Savage 2002: 589). 
EtymologyNamed after its collector, Philip Lutley Sclater, who donated the holotype to the BMNH.

The genus has been named after the Greek “hen” (= one), “oule” (= scar or mark), and “ophis” (= snake), referring to its resemblance to Enulius. 
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