Bothrops fonsecai

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Bothrops fonsecai
Instituto Butantan 2016 031 - Fonseca's lancehead.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Bothrops
Species: B. fonsecai
Binomial name
Bothrops fonsecai
Hoge & Belluomini, 1959
  • Rhinocerophis fonsecai
    Fenwick et al., 2009[1]

Bothrops fonsecai, or Fonseca's lancehead, is a species of venomous snake in the family Viperidae.[2] It is endemic to Brazil.[3]


The specific name, fonsecai, is in honor of Dr. Flavio da Fonseca, who was head of the laboratory of parasitology at the Instituto Butantan in São Paulo, Brazil.[1][4]

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in Brazil in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  3. ^ "Bothrops". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 3 November 2006. 
  4. ^ Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Bothrops fonsecai, p. 91).

Further reading[edit]

  • Hoge, R.A., and H.E. Belluomini. 1959. Uma nova espécie de Bothrops do Brasil (Serpentes). Memórias do Instituto Butantan 28: 195-206.