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Micrurus tschudii JAN, 1858

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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesMicrurus tschudii olssoni SCHMIDT & SCHMIDT 1925
Micrurus tschudii tschudii (JAN 1858) 
Common NamesE: Desert Coral Snake
E: Southern desert coral snake [tschudii]
E: Northern desert coral snake [olssoni] 
SynonymMicrurus tschudii tschudii (JAN 1858)
Elaps tschudii JAN 1858
Elaps tschudii — COPE 1878: 33
Elaps tschudii — WERNER 1901: 10
Micrurus tschudii tschudii — WELCH 1994: 89
Micrurus tschudii — CHAVEZ & VENEGAS 2007
Micrurus tschudii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 455

Micrurus tschudii olssoni (SCHMIDT & SCHMIDT 1925)
Micrurus olssoni SCHMIDT & SCHMIDT 1925
Micrurus tschudii olssoni — SCHMIDT & WALKER 1943
Micrurus tschudii olssoni — WELCH 1994: 91 
DistributionW Peru, NW Bolivia ?, SW Ecuador

tschudii: S Ecuador and S Peru (Pacific slopes); Type locality: Peru

olssoni: S Ecuador, NW Peru; Type locality: Negritos, Piura, Peru.  
TypesHolotype: NMW 18284, a 310 mm specimen (Pfeiffer, 1856).
Type: FMNH (also as CNHM) 5724, male) [olssoni] 
EtymologyNamed after Johann Jakob Tschudi (1818-1889), Swiss naturalist. 
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  • Cope, E.D. 1878. Synopsis of the cold blooded Vertebrata, procured by Prof. James Orton, during his exploration of Peru in 1876-77. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 17: 33-49 [1877] - get paper here
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  • Schmidt, Karl P. 1936. Preliminary account of coral snakes of South America. Zoological Series of Field Museum of Natural History 20 (19): 189-203 - get paper here
  • Schmidt,K.P. & Schmidt,F.J.W. 1925. New coral snakes from Peru. Report on results of the Captain Marshall Field expeditions. Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ. Zool. Ser. 12: 129-134 - get paper here
  • Schmidt,K.P. & WALKER Jr. ,W.F. 1943. Snakes of the Peruvian coastal region. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. nat. Hist., Chicago, 24: 297-327 - get paper here
  • Torres-Carvajal O, Pazmiño-Otamendi G, Salazar-Valenzuela D. 2019. Reptiles of Ecuador: a resource-rich portal, with a dynamic checklist and photographic guides. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 13 (1): [General Section]: 209–229 (e178) - get paper here
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
  • 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.
  • Werner, FRANZ 1901. Reptilien und Batrachier aus Peru und Bolivien. Abhandl. Ber. Zool. Anthrop. Mus. Dresden, 9 (2): 1-14 [1900] - get paper here
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