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New Snake (Tropidophis) from Western Cuba

S. Blair Hedges, Alberto R. Estrada and Luis M. Diaz
Copeia
Vol. 1999, No. 2 (May 7, 1999), pp. 376-381
DOI: 10.2307/1447483
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1447483
Page Count: 6
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New Snake (Tropidophis) from Western Cuba
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Abstract

A new species of Tropidophis is described from the northern coast of La Habana Province, western Cuba. It is tan and has two rows of prominent, dark brown dorsal spots and a pale neck band. It most closely resembles another species from western Cuba, T. maculatus, in having a high number of ventral scales and in being prominently spotted. It differs from that species and others in aspects of scalation and coloration. /// Se describe una nueva especie de Tropidophis de la costa norte de La Habana, en el occidente de Cuba. Esta es de color pajizo con dos filas de manchas bien definidas y una banda pálida en el cuello. Es semejante a otra especie del occidente de Cuba, T. maculatus, ya que tiene un alto numero de escamas ventrales y patron de manchas bien definidas. La nueva especie difiere de ésta y de las restantes en aspectos de la escamación y coloración.

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