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Tropidophis pilsbryi BAILEY, 1937

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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Oriente White-necked Trope, Pilsbry's Dwarf Boa 
SynonymTropidophis maculatus pilsbryi BAILEY 1937: 42
Tropidophis pilsbryi — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 641
Tropidophis pilsbryi — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 221
Tropidophis pilsbryi — RODRIGUEZ-SCHETTINO et al. 2013
Tropidophis pilsbryi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 755 
DistributionE Cuba (Santiago de Cuba and Guantânamo provinces)

Type locality: Cayo del Rey, near Miranda, Santiago de Cuba Province, Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: ANSP 20822 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION (including galacelidus): Maximum total length 459 mm; dorsal scale rows at midbody 23, 24, 25, 27; dorsal scales keeled above vent, less prominently so elsewhere; ventrals 160-183; subcaudals 29-35; supralabials 10-11/10-11; infralabials 11-12/11-12; preoculars 1/1; postoculars 3/3; parietal contact absent. Dorsal ground color medium gray to brown; rows of body blotches 8 or 10; dorsal spots 36-50; blotches black, those in paramedian series largest (each 4-6 scales), ventralmost series on each side confined to ventral scales and first dorsal scale row; occipital spots present, may be fused to form white collar; upper surface of head with more or less rectangular, darker gray figure; supralabials pale gray; infralabials, chin, and throat pale gray grading to white venter; venter invaded about midbody by lateralmost blotch series; tail tannish yellow above, clear yellow below, tip black (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 641). 
CommentSubspecies: Tropidophis pilsbryi galacelidus SCHWARTZ and GARRIDO, 197 is now mostly considered as a valid species.

For illustrations see Schwartz and Marsh, 1960. 
  • Bailey, J. R. 1937. A review of some recent Tropidophis material. Proc. New England Zool. Club 16: 41-52.
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. B. & O. H. Garrido 2002. A new snake of the genus Tropidophis (Tropidophiidae) from eastern Cuba. Journal of Herpetology 36 (2): 157-161 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. B. and O. H. Garrido. 1992. A new species of Tropidophis from Cuba (Serpentes: Tropidophiidae). Copeia 1992 (4): 820-825 - get paper here
  • Hedges, S.B. 2002. Morphological variation and the definition of species in the snake genus Tropidophis (Serpentes, Tropidophiidae). Bull. nat. Hist. Mus. London (Zool.) 68 (2): 83-90 - get paper here
  • McDiarmid, R.W.; Campbell, J.A. & Touré,T.A. 1999. Snake species of the world. Vol. 1. [type catalogue] Herpetologists’ League, 511 pp.
  • Rodríguez Schettino, Lourdes, Carlos A. Mancina & Vilma Rivalta González 2013. REPTILES OF CUBA: CHECKLIST AND GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTIONS. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (144): 1-96 - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A. & Henderson, R.W. 1991. Amphibians and Reptiles of the West Indies. University of Florida Press, Gainesville, 720 pp.
  • Schwartz, A. and Garrido, O.H. 1975. A reconsideration of some Cuban Tropidophis (Serpentes, Boidae). Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 88(9):77-90. - get paper here
  • Schwartz, A.and Marsh, R.J. 1960. A review of the pardalis-maculatus complex of the boid genus Tropidophis of the West Indies. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 123 (2):49-84. - 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.
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