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Mastigodryas cliftoni (HARDY, 1964)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Clifton’s Lizard Eater
S: Lagartijera de Clifton 
SynonymDryadophis fasciatus HARDY 1963
Dryadophis cliftoni HARDY 1964
Dryadophis cliftoni — LINER 1994
Mastigodryas cliftoni — DIXON & TIPTON 2004
Dryadophis cliftoni — VALDEZ-LARES et al. 2013
Mastigodryas cliftoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 429
Mastigodryas cliftoni — MONTINGELLI et al. 2018 
DistributionMexico (Nayarit, Sinaloa, Sonora, Durango, Jalisco, Zacatecas)

Type locality: "Plumosas, 22 kilometers east of Matatán, elevation 770 meters, Sinaloa, México."  
TypesHolotype: KU 73489, a 1532 mm male (P.L. Clifton, 29 Aug. 1962). 
CommentHabitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
EtymologyNamed after Percy L. Clifton who collected the holotype. 
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