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Geophis godmani BOULENGER, 1894

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Godman's Earth Snake 
SynonymGeophis godmani BOULENGER 1894: 322
Catastoma godmani — AMARAL 1929: 192
Geophis dolichocephalus — TAYLOR 1954 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Geophis dolichocephalus — TAYLOR 1954: 686
Geophis godmani — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 119
Geophis godmani — VILLA et al. 1988
Geophis godmani — MYERS 2003
Geophis godmani — WILSON & TOWNSEND 2007: 10
Geophis godmani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 302 
DistributionCosta Rica, Panama (1000-2100 m elevation).

Type locality: Irazú, Costa Rica.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.6.41, an adult female, designated by Downs (1967: 72) ; paralectotypes: BMNH 1946.1.6.40-41, The Natural History Museum, London, collected by F.D. Godman and O. Salvin. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Downs 1967: 72

Coloration: Downs 1967: 73 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, F.D. Godman. 
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  • Batista, A., Hertz, A., Ponce, M. and Lotzkat, S. 2020. Notes on amphibians and reptiles from western Panama Notes on amphibians and reptiles from western Panama. Herpetology Notes 13: 219-229. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, George A. 1894. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.), London, xi, 382 pp. - get paper here
  • Downs, F. L. 1967. lntrageneric relations among colubrid snakes of the genus Geophis Wagler. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 131: 1-193. - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Lips K R. Savage J M. 1994. A new fossorial snake of the genus Geophis (Reptilia: Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Cordillera de Talamanca of Costa Rica. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 107 (2): 410-416. - get paper here
  • Myers, C.W. 2003. Rare Snakes—Five New Species from Eastern Panama: Reviews of Northern Atractus and Southern Geophis (Colubridae: Dipsadinae). American Museum Novitates 3391: 1-47 - get paper here
  • Restrepo T J H; Wright J W 1987. A new species of the colubrid snake genus Geophis from Colombia. Journal of Herpetology 21 (3): 191-196 - get paper here
  • SANTAMARÍA MARTÍNEZ, JERSON ARTURO; JOSÉ MANUEL MORA, JORGE ALPÍZAR RODRÍGUEZ, EMMANUEL RODRÍGUEZ ROJAS, JASDIEL RAMÍREZ ALVARADO & RUTH TORRES MEDINA. 2021. Albinism in a Yellow-bellied Earth Snake (Geophis godmani Boulenger, 1894) (Serpentes: Dipsadidae) from Central Costa Rica. Caribbean Journal of Science 51(1): 14–19. - 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]
  • Solorzano, A. 2004. Serpientes de Costa Rica - Snakes of Costa Rica. Editorial INBio, Costa Rica, 792 pp.
  • Taylor,E.H. 1954. Further studies on the serpents of Costa Rica. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 36: 673-800. - 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.
  • WILSON, L.D. & J.H. TOWNSEND 2007. A checklist and key to the snakes of the genus Geophis (Squamata: Colubridae: Dipsadinae), with commentary on distribution and conservation. Zootaxa 1395: 1-31 - get paper here
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