Systematics of the Dendrophidion nuchale complex (Serpentes: Colubridae) with the description of a new species from Central America

  title={Systematics of the Dendrophidion nuchale complex (Serpentes: Colubridae) with the description of a new species from Central America},
  author={John E. Cadle and Jay Mathers Savage},
We review the systematics of the Dendrophidion nuchale complex in Central America and northern South America andrecognize three species. The names D. nuchale (W. Peters) and D. clarkii Dunn apply to two of the species. The third isdescribed as a new species, D. rufiterminorum. It differs from D. clarkii and D. nuchale in coloration and hemipenial char-acters but all three species of the nuchale complex are very similar in scutellation characters. Dendrophidion nuchale isdistributed in the coast… Expand
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