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Tropidophis wrighti STULL, 1928

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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Gracile Banded Trope, Wright's Dwarf Boa 
SynonymTropidophis wrighti STULL 1928: 38
Tropidophis wrighti — BAILEY 1937: 51
Tropidophis wrighti — SCHWARTZ & HENDERSON 1991: 643
Tropidophis wrighti — MCDIARMID, CAMPBELL & TOURÉ 1999: 222
Tropidophis wrighti — RODRIGUEZ-SCHETTINO et al. 2013
Tropidophis wrighti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 756 
DistributionE/C Cuba

Type locality: East Cuba.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 12420. 
DiagnosisDESCRIPTION: Maximum total length about 400 mm; dorsal scale rows at midbody 21 or 23; dorsal scales smooth, except those in dorsalmost rows weakly keeled; ventrals 193-215 in males, 201-222 in females; subcaudals 36-45 in males, 38-41 in females; supralabials 10/10; infralabials 10/10; preoculars 1/1; post-oculars 2-3. Top of head brown; dorsal ground color grayish yellow; dorsum with 4 rows of alternating dark brown spots (total 17-37 dorsal spots/blotches); lateral-most spots intruding onto venter, confluent just anterior to vent and underside of tail; tail with 3-6 spots (Schwartz & Henderson 1991: 643). 
CommentFor illustrations see Cooper, 1958; Schwartz and Henderson, 1985.

Distribution: for a map (and comparison with 3 other species) see Diaz & Cadiz 2020: 8 (Fig. 4). 
  • 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
  • Cooper, J.E. 1958. Ascent to Cueva del Aura. Maryland Nat. 28(1-4):2-16.
  • 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
  • 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 Henderson, R.W. 1985. A guide to the identification of the amphibians and reptiles of the West Indies exclusive of Hispaniola. Milwaukee Public Mus., 165 pp.
  • Stull, O.G. 1928. A revision of the genus Tropidophis. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan 195: 1-49. - 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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