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Mastigodryas dorsalis (BOCOURT, 1890)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Striped Lizard Eater 
SynonymDrymobius (Eudryas) dorsalis BOCOURT 1890: 724
Dryadophis dorsalis — STUART 1939: 55
Dryadophis dorsalis — STUART 1941: 95
Dryadophis dorsalis — MERTENS 1952: 62
Dryadophis melanolomus dorsalis — LYNCH & SMITH 1966
Mastigodryas dorsalis — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 193
Dryadophis dorsalis — MEYER & WILSON 1971
Dryadophis dorsalis — VILLA et al. 1988
Dryadophis dorsalis — LINER 1994
Mastigodryas dorsalis — DIXON & TIPTON 2004
Dryadophis dorsalis — KÖHLER et al. 2005
Mastigodryas dorsalis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 429
Mastigodryas dorsalis — MONTINGELLI et al. 2018 
DistributionS Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador

Type locality: “le plateau de Guatemala” [= highlands of
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1891.0257 
CommentDistribution: not in Mexico (Heimes 2016, Wallach et al. 2014: 429).

Habitat: partly arboreal (Harrington et al. 2018). 
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  • Dixon, James R.; Tipton, Bob L. 2004. Dryadophis versus Mastigodryas (Ophidia: Colubridae): a proposed solution. Herpetological Review 35 (4): 347-348. - get paper here
  • Espinal, Mario; José Mario Solís, Carlos O’Reilly, and Rony Valle 2014. New distributional records for amphibians and reptiles from the department of Choluteca, Honduras. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 298 - get paper here
  • Guerra Centeno, Dennis; Héctor Fuentes Rousselin & David Morán Villatoro 2012. Serpientes de Guatemala: Guía para didentificación de especies. Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 186 pp.
  • 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
  • Jansen, M. & G. Koehler 2002. Biogeographische Analyse der Herpetofauna von ausgewählten Hochlandgebieten Nicaraguas. Salamandra 38 (4): 269-286 - get paper here
  • Juárez-Peña, Carlos, Ángel Sosa Bartuano and Silvia Sigüenza-Mejia. 2016. New herpetofaunal records for Parque Nacional Montecristo, El Salvador. El Salvador, Santa Ana. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 1107–1113 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2005. Dryadophis dorsalis (BOCOURT). Sauria 27 (3): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Köhler, G.; Vesely, M. & Greenbaum, E. 2005. The amphibians and reptiles of El Salvador. Krieger Publishing, 238 pp. [review in Sauria 28 (3): 13)
  • Lynch,J. D., & SMITH, H. M. 1966. New or unusual amphibians and reptiles from Oaxaca, Mexico, II. Trans. Kansas Acad. Sci. 69: 58-75. - get paper here
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1952. Die Amphibien und Reptilien von El Salvador. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) (No. 487): 120 pp.
  • Meyer, J. R., & WILSON, L. D. 1971. Taxonomic studies and notes on some Honduran amphibians and reptiles. Bull. So. Calif. Acad. Sci., 70: 106-114. - get paper here
  • Montingelli GG, Grazziotin FG, Battilana J, Murphy RW, Zhang Y‐P, Zaher H. 2018. Higher‐level phylogenetic affinities of the Neotropical genus Mastigodryas Amaral, 1934 (Serpentes: Colubridae), species‐group definition and description of a new genus for Mastigodryas bifossatus. J Zool Syst Evol Res. 57: 205– 239 [online 2018, in print 2019] - get paper here
  • Smith, H. M.; Larsen, K. R. 1974. The nominal snake genera Mastigodryas Amaral 1934 and Dryadophis Stuart 1939. Great Basin Naturalist 33: 276. - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L. C. 1939. A new name for the genus Eudryas Fitzinger 1843. Copeia 1939 (1): 55 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L. C. 1941. Studies of Neotropical Colubrinae VIII. A revision of the genus Dryadophis Stuart, 1939. Miscellaneous publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (49): 1-106 - get paper here
  • Sunyer, Javier 2014. An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nicaragua. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 186–202. - 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., & MEYER, J. R. 1985. The Snakes of Honduras. 2d ed. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Publ., Biol. & Geol. No. 6, 150 pp.
  • Wilson, L.D., McCranie, J.R. & Porras, L. 1979. New departmental records of amphibians and reptiles from Honduras. Herpetological Review 10 (1): 25 - get paper here
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