Micrurus meridensis ROZE, 1989
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|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Merida Coral Snake|
|Synonym||Micrurus dissoleucus meridensis ROZE 1989|
Micrurus meridensis — ROZE 1994: 180
Micrurus meridensis — ROZE 1996
Micrurus meridensis — KORNACKER 1999
Micrurus meridensis — RIVAS et al. 2012
Micrurus meridensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 449
Type locality: 1 km northeast of Lagunilla, Merida, Venezuela, 915 m elevation.
|Types||Holotype: USNM 217256, a male|
|Diagnosis||Definition: A triad-type coral snake in which the black nuchal band is single and the body triads consist of somewhat irregular black bands; the central band is longer than the outer bands (Roze 1996: 195).|
Description: The only known specimens, a male, has 176 ventrals and 27 subcaudals; 1+1 temporals. The snout and most of the head below are black, including the supraoculars and most of the frontal. It is followed by a white parietal crossband, but a black spot is present on the suture between the parietals. The nuchal black band is 3 dorsals long and covers the tips of the parietals. The black triads are irregular and several black bands are reduced or interrupted. The central black bands are 2 to 3 dorsals and ventrals long. The outer black bands are 1 to 2 dorsals and ventrals long but quite irregular. The white bands are also irregular, 1 to 2 dorsals long with the scales outlined by black borders. The red bands are 3 to 4 dorsals and ventrals long with small black tips. On the tail, the black bands are longer than on the body. The black bands are 3 to 4 dorsals long. The male has 18 complete triads on the body plus the single black nuchal band, and 2Y> triads on the tail (Roze 1996: 195).
|Etymology||named after its distribution.|
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