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Micrurus spurrelli (BOULENGER, 1914)

IUCN Red List - Micrurus spurrelli - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Butterfly-head coral snake 
SynonymElaps spurrelli BOULENGER 1914
Micrurus nicefori SCHMIDT 1955
Micrurus spurelli [sic] — PÉREZ-SANTOS & MORENO 1988
Micrurus spurelli — WELCH 1994: 89
Micrurus spurrelli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 454 
DistributionW Colombia (Choco)

Type locality: at or near Peña Lisa, Condoto.  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.17.19, a 230 mm female (H.G.F. Spurrell). 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy after that of PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970.

Venomous! 
EtymologySpurrelli is named after H. G. F. Spurrell, fellow of the Zoological Society of London, an avid collector of amphibians and reptiles in South America, including this holotype. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1914. On a second collection of batrachians and reptiles made by Dr. H. G. F. Spurrell, F.Z.S. in the Chocó, Colombia. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1914: 813-817 - get paper here
  • Campbell, J.A. & Lamar, W.W. 1989. The Venomous Reptiles of Latin America. Comstock Publishing/Cornell University Press, Ithaca
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • Schmidt, Karl P. 1955. Coral snakes of the genus Micrurus in Colombia. Fieldiana Zoology 34 (34): 337-359 - get paper here
  • Silva Jr, Nelson Jorge da; Marcus Augusto Buononato & Darlan Tavares Feitosa 2016. AS COBRAS-CORAIS DO NOVO MUNDO. In: Silva (ed) Cobras corais do Brasil. Goiânia, pp. 41-69
  • 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.
 
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