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Rhadinella godmani (GÜNTHER, 1865)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesRhadinella godmani godmani (GÜNTHER 1865)
Rhadinella godmani zilchi (MERTENS 1952) 
Common NamesE: Godman's Graceful Brown Snake
S: Lagartijerita de Gadman 
SynonymDromicus godmanni [sic] GÜNTHER 1865: 94
Rhadinaea godmani — COPE 1876: 139
Coronella godmani GÜNTHER 1893: 110 (justified emendation)
Rhadinaea altamontana TAYLOR 1954 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Rhadinaea binfordi ROSSMAN 1965
Rhadinaea godmani — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 265
Rhadinaea godmani — MYERS 1974: 122
Rhadinaea godmani — LINER 1994
Rhadinaea godmani — LINER 2007
Rhadinella godmani — MYERS 2011
Rhadinella godmani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 642

Rhadinaea godmani zilchi MERTENS 1952
Rhadinaea zilchi MERTENS 1952: 92
Rhadinaea godmani zilchi — MERTENS 1952: 70
Rhadinaea godmani zilchi — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 265
Rhadinella godmani zilchi — MYERS 2011 (by implication) 
DistributionSE Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, (elevation 1450-2160 m), El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama

Type locality: Dueñas, [Departamento de Sacatepequez], Guatemala.

zlchi: El Salvador; Type locality: Lagua de Las Ninfas, 1630 m. elevaion, Dept. Sonsonate.  
TypesLectotype: BMNH 1946.1.9.17
Holotype: SMF 43175, male [zilchi] 
CommentSynonymy and subspecies after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970, MYERS 1974, and VILLA et al. 1988. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Frederick du Cane Godman (1834-1919), a British naturalist who compiled the Biologia Centrali Americana with his friend Osbert Salvin. 
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