Micrurus medemi ROZE, 1967
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Villavicencio coral snake|
|Synonym||Micrurus psyches medemi ROZE 1967: 41|
Micrurus psyches medemi — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 217
Micrurus psyches medemi — PEREZ-SANTOS & MORENO 1988: 396
Micrurus psyches medemi — WELCH 1994: 89
Micrurus medemi — ROZE 1994: 178
Micrurus medemi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 449
|Distribution||Colombia (Departamento de Meta)|
Type locality: Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia.
|Types||Holotype: AMNH 96998, a male|
|Diagnosis||Definition: A single-banded coral snake with the black cap fused with the black nuchal band that is 7 to 9 dorsals long. The black body bands are 7 to 10 dorsals long and the red b~nds are melanistic: dark red, purple or almost black. Males donot have supraanal tubercles (Roze 1996: 194).|
Description: Males have 193 to 198 (195.0) and females have 211 to 218 (215.0) ventrals; subcaudals 45 to 49 (46.8) in males and 31 to 33 (32.5) in females; 1+1, occasionally 1+2, temporals. Examined: 6 males and 3 females, including the holotype. The black cap is fused with the black nuchal band. The latter is 7 to 9 dorsals and ventraIs long. The chin is mostly black with short light bands over the genials. The black bands are 7 to 11 dorsals and 4 to 10 ventrals long. The white bands are 1 dorsallong on the midvertebral region, and 1 to 2 dorsals long laterally and ventrally, with brownish black tips. The original red bands are melanistic, brownish black, 4 to 8 dorsals and ventrals long. In some specimens they are completely black, thus indistinguishable from the black bands. Only black and white bands are found on the tail; the latter are 1 to 2 subcaudals long. The males have 15 to 22 (18.7) and the females have 22 to 25 (23.3)black body bands. The males have 7 to 9 (7.8) and the females have 5 to 6 (5.7) black tail bands (Roze 1996: 194).
|Etymology||Named after Dr. Federico Medem (1912-1984) [obituary in Herpetologica 40: 468 .|
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