Micrurus stuarti ROZE, 1967
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Micrurus stuarti?
|Higher Taxa||Elapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Volcano coral snake, Stuart's Coral Snake|
|Synonym||Micrurus stuarti ROZE 1967|
Micrurus stuarti — WELCH 1994: 89
Micrurus stuarti — ROZE 1996: 221
Micrurus stuarti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 454
|Distribution||Guatemala (from San Marcos to at least Suchitepequez)|
Type locality: Finca La Paz, San Marcos, Guatemala, 1345 meters
|Types||Holotype: UMMZ 106708|
|Diagnosis||Definition: A single-banded coral snake with a black snout and large, yellow parietal crossband. The nuchal black band covers the tips of the parietals and the red body bands have scales with large, irregular black tips. Males have supraanal tubercles (Roze 1996: 221).|
Description: Males have 210 to 215 (212.5) and females have 224 to 231 (226.7) ventrals; subcaudals 45 to 49 (47.0) in males and 37 to 39 (37.7) in females; invariably 1+2 temporals. Examined: 2 males and 3 females, including the holotype.
The snout is black, as are part of the frontal and the supraoculars. This is followed by a yellow or yellowish-brown parietal band that extends below onto the chin. The throat is mostly spotted grayish black. The nuchal black band extends to the parietals and is 6 to 8 dorsals long. The black body bands are 3 to 5 dorsals and 3 to 4 ventrals long. They are bordered by poorly developed whitish or sepia-whitish bands about 1scale long dorsally and ventrally. The red bands are 8 to 15 dorsals long with large, irregular black tips on the scales, which are almost spots. Ventrally, the red bands are practically immaculate. The black bands on the tail are more than twice as long as the light bands. The latter also have large, black-tipped scales or spots.
The males have 13 to 14 (13.5) and the females have 16 to 19 (17.5) black body bands. On the tail, the males have 4 and the females have 3 to 4 (3.4) black bands (Roze 1996: 221).
Only known from 5 specimens (Roze 1996).
|Etymology||Named after Laurence C. Stuart, the late biologist from the University of Michigan, whose contributions to the natural history of Guatemala and Central America are among the best for any Latin American country (Roze 1996: 221).|