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Tachymenis peruviana WIEGMANN, 1834

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Peru Slender Snake
S: Culebra de cola corta del norte, Cola corta del Perú 
SynonymTachymenis peruviana WIEGMANN 1834
Psammophylax assimilis JAN 1863
Tachymenis peruviana — COPE 1878: 33
Tachymenis peruviana — BOULENGER 1896 (3): 118 (part.)
Tachymenis peruviana var. dorsalis WERNER 1901
Leimadophis andicolus BARBOUR 1915: 149
Tachymenis chilensis melanura WALKER 1945: 35
Tachymenis chilensis assimilis — WALKER 1945: 32
Tachymenis peruviana peruviana — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Tachymenis peruviana yutoensis MIRANDA & COUTURIER 1981
Tachymenis peruviana — CEI 1993
Tachymenis peruviana — LEHR 2002: 97
Tachymenis peruviana — WALLACH et al. 2014: 696 
DistributionW Peru (Ancahs, Ayacucho, Junín, La Libertad, Puno, Huánuco: [HR 31: 187]), NE Chile (andean region of Tarapacá, Antofagasta), Bolivia, Argentina (Jujuy, La Rioja, Salta, Tucumán, Catamarca). Elevation 2600-2980 m (up to 4000 m fide WERNING & WOLF 2007).

Type locality: Not specified in original description. “Peru” fide SCHMIDT & WALKER 1943.  
TypesHolotype: ZMB, probably a female fide Walker, 1945: 15 (F.J.F. Meyen, 1830-1832).
Holotype: MCZ 10987 [andicolus]
Holotype: MACN 2632, male, paratypes: MACN [yutoensis] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Walker 1945: 44 

Synonymy after CEI 1993.

Type species: Tachymenis peruviana WIEGMANN 1834 is the type species of the genus Tachymenis WIEGMANN 1834.

Key: Walker 1945: 52 presents a key to the species of Tachymenis peruviana complex (and keys out the attenuata and chilensis complexes).

Diet: mostly frogs and lizards (Walker 1945: 48) 
EtymologyNamed after its distribution in Peru. 
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  • Carrillo de Espinoza, Nelly & Icochea, Javier 1995. Lista taxonomica preliminar de los reptiles vivientes del Peru. Publicaciones del Museo de Historia Natural “Javier Prado”, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Serie A, Zoología (49): 1–27
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  • Demangel, Diego 2016. Reptiles en Chile. Fauna Nativa Ediciones, Santiago, 619 pp - get paper here
  • Gallardo G A, Nenda S J, Scrocchi Manfrini G J 2019. Tachymenis peruviana Wiegmann, 1834 (Serpentes, Dipsadidae) in Argentina: geographic distribution and a new province record. Check List 15(1): 7-12 - get paper here
  • Koslowsky,J. 1896. Sobre algunos reptiles de Patagonia y otras regiones argentinas. Revista Mus. La Plata 7: 447-457 - get paper here
  • Lehr, E. 2002. Amphibien und Reptilien in Peru. Natur und Tier-Verlag (Münster), 208 pp. - get paper here
  • Miranda, B., et al. 2017. Tachymenis peruviana Reproduction. Herpetological Review 48 (2): 459 - get paper here
  • Miranda, Bruno, Sofia Lottersberger, James Aparicio, Álvaro J. Aguilar-Kirigin, Mauricio Ocampo and Luis F. Pacheco. 2015. Tachymenis peruviana diet. Herpetological Review 46 (4): 651 - get paper here
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