Micrurus hemprichii

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Micrurus hemprichii
Yellow-banded Coral Snake, Micrurus hemprichii 1.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Micrurus
Species: M. hemprichii
Binomial name
Micrurus hemprichii
(Jan, 1858)
  • Elaps hemprichii
    Jan, 1858
  • Micrurus hemprichii
    Amaral, 1929

Micrurus hemprichii (Hemprichi's coral snake) is a species of venomous coral snake in the family Elapidae.[1]


The specific name, hemprichii, is in honor of German naturalist Wilhelm Friedrich Hemprich.[2]


Hemprichi's coral snake feeds almost exclusively on velvet worms.[3]

Geographic range[edit]

M. hemprichii is found in South America.[1]


Two subspecies are recognized as being valid.[1]

  • Micrurus hemprichii hemprichii (Jan, 1858)
  • Micrurus hemprichii ortoni Schmidt, 1953


  1. ^ a b c d Micrurus hemprichii at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ 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. (Micrurus hemprichii, pp. 120-121).
  3. ^ Mongenajera, J.; Barrientos, Z.; Aguilar, F. (1993). "Behaviour of Epiperipatus-biolleyi (Onychophora, Peripatidae) laboratory conditions". Revista de Biologica Tropical. 41 (3A): 689–696. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Boulenger GA. 1896. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume III., Containing the Colubridæ (Opisthoglyphæ and Proteroglyphæ) ... London: Trustees of the British Museum (Natural History). (Taylor and Francis, printers). xiv + 727 pp. + Plates I-XXV. (Elaps hemprichii, p. 421).
  • Freiberg M. 1982. Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Micrurus hemprichii, p. 115).
  • Jan [G]. 1858. "Plan d'une Iconographie descriptive des Ophidiens et Description sommaire de nouvelles espèces de Serpents ". Revue et Magasin de Zoologie Pure et Appliquée, Paris, 2e Série [Series 2] 10: 438-449, 514-527. (Elaps hemprichii, new species, pp. 523–524). (in French).
  • Schmidt KP. 1953. "Hemprich's Coral Snake Micrurus hemprichi [sic]". Fieldiana Zool. 34 (13): 165-170. (Micrurus hemprichi [sic] ortoni, new subspecies, pp. 166-168).

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