Bothrops leucurus

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Bothrops leucurus
Whitetail Lancehead 01.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Bothrops
Species: B. leucurus
Binomial name
Bothrops leucurus
Wagler, 1824
  • Bothrops leucurus Wagler, 1824
  • Bothrops Megaera Wagler, 1824[1]
  • Bothrops pradoi Hoge, 1948
  • Bothrops leucurus – Fenwick et al., 2009[2]

Bothrops leucurus, commonly known as the whitetail lancehead or the Bahia lancehead,[3] is a venomous pit viper species endemic to Brazil.[1] No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

It is found in eastern Brazil along the Atlantic coast from northern Espírito Santo north to Alagoas and Ceará. Bothrops leucurus occurs more inland in several parts of Bahia. The identity of disjunct populations west of the Rio São Francisco is uncertain. The type locality is listed as "provinciae Bahiae".[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 978-1-893777-00-2 (series). ISBN 978-1-893777-01-9 (volume).
  2. ^ The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ List of Bothrops Complex by scientific name Archived November 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. at Jadin Expeditions. Retrieved 6 November 2006.
  4. ^ "Bothrops leucurus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 6 November 2006. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wagler, J. in Spix, J. 1824. Serpentum Brasiliensium species novae, ou histoire naturelle des espèces nouvelles de serpens... F.S. Hübschmann. Munich. viii + 75 pp. + Plates I.- XXVI. (Bothrops Magaera, p. 50 & Plate XIX.) (Bothrops leucurus, p. 57 & Plate XXII., Figure 2.)

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