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Tropidodipsas fischeri (BOULENGER, 1894)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Fischer’s Snail-Eating Snake
S: Caracolera de Fischer 
SynonymVirginia fasciata FISCHER 1885: 95 (fide KOFRON 1985)
Tropidodipsas fischeri BOULENGER 1894 (nom. subst.)
Elapoides fasciatus
Geophis fasciata — GÜNTHER 1893 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Tropidoclonium annulatum BOCOURT 1892
Tropidodipsas annulata
Tropidodipsas kidderi STUART 1942
Tropidodipsas fischeri — SMITH & TAYLOR 1945
Tropidodipsas kidderi — STUART 1963
Tropidodipsas fischeri — STUART 1963
Tropidodipsas fischeri — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970
Sibon fischeri — WILSON & MEYER 1985: 91
Sibon fischeri — LINER 1994
Sibon fischeri — MARINEROS 2000: 114
Tropidodipsas fischeri — WILSON & MCCRANIE 2002
Tropidodipsas fischeri — HARVEY et al. 2008
Tropidodipsas fischeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 746
Tropidodipsas fischeri — GRÜNWALD et al. 2021 
DistributionS Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), SW Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras (elevation 1340-2150 m)

Type locality: Guatemala

kidderi: Guatemala; Type locality: Alta Verapaz, above Finca Samac, 6 km (air) W Cobán, ca. 1500 m elevation.  
TypesSyntypes: BMNH, SMNS (Stuttgart Museum)
Holotype: UMMZ [kidderi] 
CommentSynonymy partly after KOFRON 1985 who also suggested to treat T. kidderi as subspecies of S. fischeri, S. fischeri kidderi (STUART 1942). KLUE 1984 listed Tropidodipsas kidderi as a synonym of Tropidodipsas fasciata subannulata.

Nomenclature: Virginia fasciata FISCHER 1885 is a homonym of Tropidodipsas fasciata GÜNTHER 1858. 
EtymologyNamed after Johann Gustav Fischer (1819-1889), German herpetologist working in Hamburg. 
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