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Tropidophis spiritus HEDGES & GARRIDO, 1999

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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SynonymTropidophis spiritus HEDGES & GARRIDO 1999
Tropidophis spiritus — RODRIGUEZ-SCHETTINO et al. 2013
Tropidophis spiritus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 755 
DistributionC Cuba

Type locality: Canal Zaza, Cacerio Chorrera Brava, Sancti Spíritus Province, Cuba, 21° 47’ 07” N, 79° 21’ 38” W.  
TypesHolotype: MNHNCU 4085 
CommentDistribution: for a map (and comparison with 3 other species) see Diaz & Cadiz 2020: 8 (Fig. 4). 
EtymologyThe name “spiritus” is the Latin name for ghost. It is used in reference to the province of Central Cuba in which the type specimen was collected. 
  • Díaz, L. M. y Cádiz, A. 2020. A new species of Tropidophis (Squamata: Tropidophiidae) and molecular phylogeny of the Cuban radiation of the genus. Novitates Caribaea (16): 1-19; doi: 10.33800/nc.vi16.222 - get paper here
  • Fong, Ansel G. and Luis F. de Armas. 2011. The easternmost record for Tropidophis spiritus Hedges and Garrido, 1999 (Serpentes: Tropidophiidae) in Cuba. Herpetology Notes 4: 111-112. - get paper here
  • Hedges, S. Blair and Orlando H. Garrido. 1999. A new snake of the genus Tropidophis (Tropidophiidae) from central Cuba. Journal of Herpetology 33 (3): 436-441. - 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
  • 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
  • Torres J, Rodríguez-Cabrera TM 2020. Diurnal refuge sharing between species of Cuban snakes of the genus Tropidophis (Squamata: Tropidophiidae). Caribbean Herpetology, 74: 1–2 - 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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