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Tropidophis xanthogaster DOMÍNGUEZ, MORENO & HEDGES, 2006

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Higher TaxaTropidophiidae, Henophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Guanahacabibes Trope 
SynonymTropidophis xanthogaster DOMÍNGUEZ, MORENO & HEDGES 2006
Tropidophis xanthogaster — WALLACH et al. 2014: 756 
DistributionW Cuba (Guanahacabibes Peninsula)

Type locality: Las Perlas Cave, La Bajada, Guanahacabibes
Peninsula, Pinar del Río Province (21◦ 55’ 53.38 N, 84◦ 28’ 48.90 W)  
TypesHolotype: CZACC 4.9465, adult male, collected by Ariel Rodríguez and Roberto Alonso on 4 May 2000. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. The new species has a robust body, small size (maximum SVL 239 mm), grayish-brown or greenish gray-dorsum with dark brown spots in eight rows (two dorsals and six dorso-laterals), middorsal spots (34-39) in contact at the midline, and a yellow venter which lacks spots on the anterior one-third, and lacks occipital spots. It also has a robust head (HW/HL = 0.67-0.71), rhomboid snout, 23 scale rows at midbody, smooth dorsal scales, and 155-164 ventral scales.  
CommentSimilar to T. pardalis. 
EtymologyNamed after Greek xanthos = yellow and gaster = venter (yellow venter), in allusion to yellow color and absence of spots on the first third of venter. 
  • 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
  • Domínguez, Michel; Moreno, Luis V.; Hedges, S. Blair 2006. A new snake of the genus Tropidophis (Tropidophiidae) from the Guanahacabibes Peninsula of Western Cuba. Amphibia-Reptilia 27 (3): 427-432 - 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
  • 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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