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Rhadinella montecristi (MERTENS, 1952)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Monte Cristi Graceful Brown Snake 
SynonymRhadinaea montecristi MERTENS 1952
Rhadinaea montecristi — MYERS 1974: 143
Rhadinaea montecristi — WILSON et al. 2006
Rhadinella montecristi — MYERS 2011
Rhadinella montecristi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 643 
DistributionSW Honduras (elevation: 1370-2620 m), NW El Salvador, SE Guatemala

Type locality: HAcienda Mone Cristo, 2200 m elevation, mountains of Metapán, Departamento Santa Ana, El Salvador.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 43188, male 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Myers 1974: 143 
CommentHabitat: This snake is found in both disturbed and undisturbed cloud forests in the Lower Montane Moist Forest and Lower Montane Wet Forest formations (after Holdridge 1967) between 1300 and 2620 m elevation (McCranie and Wilson 1991). 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Espinal, M., J. M. Solís, and J. M. Mora. 2017. Rhadinella montecristi (Mertens, 1952). Honduras, La Paz. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 676–677 - get paper here
  • Holdridge, L. R. 1967. Life Zone Ecology. Second Edition. San Jose, Costa Rica. Tropical Science Center. 206 pp.
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie J R; Wilson L D 1991. Rhadinaea montecristi Mertens. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 524: 1-2 - get paper here
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Mertens, R. 1952. Die Amphibien und Reptilien von El Salvador. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) (No. 487): 120 pp.
  • Myers, C.W. 1974. The systematics of Rhadinaea (Colubridae), a genus of New World snakes. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 153 (1): 1-262 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W. 2011. A New Genus and New Tribe for Enicognathus melanauchen Jan, 1863, a Neglected South American Snake (Colubridae: Xenodontinae), with Taxonomic Notes on Some Dipsadinae. American Museum Novitates (3715): 1-33 - get paper here
  • Smith, E. N. AND J. A. CAMPBELL. 1994. A new species of Rhadinea (Colubridae) from the Caribbean Versant of Guatemala. Occ. Pap. Mus. Nat. Hist. Kansas (167):1-9. - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Wilson, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D.; McCranie, J.R. & Porras, L. 1979. Rhadinaea montecristi Mertens: an addition to the snake fauna of Honduras. Herpetological Review 10 (2): 62 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D.; Townsend, J.H.; Plenderleith, T.L.; Talley, B.L. & Fraser, D.C. 2006. Reptilia, Squamata, Colubridae, Rhadinaea montecristi: Distribution extension, geographic distribution map. Check List 2 (1): 8-9 - get paper here
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