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Leptophis cupreus (COPE, 1868)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Copper Parrot Snake 
SynonymThrasops cupreus COPE 1868: 106
Leptophis cupreus — BOULENGER 1894: 109
Leptophis cupreus — PETERS & ORCÉS 1960: 139
Leptophis cupreus — MERTENS 1973
Leptophis cupreus — DA SILVA & SITES 1995
Leptophis cupreus — ALBUQUERQUE & MCDIARMID 2010
Leptophis cupreus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 372 
DistributionPanama, S Venezuela (Amazonas), Ecuador (Amazonas), Colombia (Chocó, Meta), Peru (Loreto, Pasco)

Type locality: Napo and Marañon, Ecuador  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 5202 (formerly USNM 6666) 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
  • Albuquerque, Nelson R. De; McDiarmid, Roy W 2010. Redescription of Leptophis cupreus (Cope) (Serpentes, Colubridae), a rare south American Colubrine Snake. Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) 50 (2):375-384 - get paper here
  • Arteaga AF, Bustamante-Enríquez LM and Guayasamin JM 2013. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Mindo. - get paper here
  • Batista, A., and L. D. Wilson. 2017. A new record for Leptophis cupreus (Cope, 1868) (Squamata: Colubridae) for Panama and Mesoamerica. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 671–673 - 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
  • Cope, E.D. 1868. An examination of the Reptilia and Batrachia obtained by the Orton Expedition to Equador and the Upper Amazon, with notes on other species. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 20: 96-140 - get paper here
  • da Silva, Jr., N. J. and Sites, Jr., J. W. 1995. Patterns of diversity of neotropical squamate reptile species with emphasis on the Brazilian Amazon and the conservation potential of indigenous reserves. Conserv. Biol. 9 (4): 873-901 - get paper here
  • Harrington, Sean M; Jordyn M de Haan, Lindsey Shapiro, Sara Ruane 2018. Habits and characteristics of arboreal snakes worldwide: arboreality constrains body size but does not affect lineage diversification. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 125 (1): 61–71 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1973. Bemerkenswerte Schlanknattern der neotropischen Gattung Leptophis. Stud. Neotrop. Fauna 8: 141-154. - get paper here
  • Natera-Mumaw, Marco; Luis Felipe Esqueda-González & Manuel Castelaín-Fernández 2015. Atlas Serpientes de Venezuela. Santiago de Chile, Dimacofi Negocios Avanzados S.A., 456 pp. - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Peters, James A.;Orcés-V., Gustavo 1960. Leptophis cupreus Cope, a valid South American colubrid species. Beitr. Neotrop. Fauna 2: 139-141 - get paper here
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - 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.
  • Whithworth, A. & Beirne, C. 2011. Reptiles of the Yachana Reserve. Global Vision International, 130 pp. - get paper here
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