Check List 9(6): 1556-1560, doi: 10.15560/9.6.1556
First record of Micrurus diana Roze, 1983 (Serpentes: Elapidae) for Brazil and extension of its distribution in Bolivia, with notes on morphological variation
expand article infoMatheus Godoy Pires, Darlan Tavares Feitosa§, Ana Lúcia da Costa Prudente§, Nelson Jorge da Silva Jr.|
‡ Museu de Zoologia da Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil§ Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi, Brazil| Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás, Brazil
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Micrurus diana is a rare coral snake species poorly represented in museum collections. Based on two recently identified specimens, we report its occurrence for the first time in Brazil and for the Bolivian Yungas, substantially extending its known range. In addition, we also extend the limits of its known morphological variation, based on examination of 11 specimens. Our findings revealed the need of a better characterization for M. diana, and the need of preservation efforts for this species and its habitat in Brazil.
Serpentes; Elapidae; new records; coral snake; morphology