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Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia (São Paulo)

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ALBUQUERQUE, Nelson R. de  and  MCDIARMID, Roy W.. Redescription of Leptophis Cupreus (Cope) (Serpentes, Colubridae), a rare south American Colubrine Snake. Pap. Avulsos Zool. (São Paulo) [online]. 2010, vol.50, n.23, pp.375-384. ISSN 0031-1049.

Leptophis cupreus is redescribed on the basis of 18 specimens, including the holotype. The species is characterized by having a uniformly copper-colored dorsum, which distinguishes it from all other known species of Leptophis. We present photographs of the holotype and a living specimen of L. cupreus, describe and illustrate the everted hemipenis, and plot its known distribution.

Keywords : Leptophis cupreus; holotype; Distribution; Hemipenis; Taxonomy.

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