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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Alethinophidia
Superfamilia: Anilioidea

Familia: Tropidophiidae
Genus: Tropidophis
Species: Tropidophis battersbyi

Tropidophis battersbyi Laurent, 1949

Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Tropidophis battersbyi. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 6 January 2020.
Cisneros-Heredia, D.F., Yánez-Muñoz, M. & Reyes-Puig, C. 2019. IUCN: Tropidophis battersbyi (Data Deficient). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T50952108A50952120. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T50952108A50952120.en

Vernacular names
English: Battersby's Dwarf Boa

Tropidophis battersbyi, also known commonly as Battersby's dwarf boa and the Ecuadorian dwarf boa, is a species of snake in the family Tropidophiidae.[2] The species is endemic to Ecuador.[3]


The specific name, battersbyi, is in honor of British herpetologist James Clarence Battersby (1901–1993).[4]

Dorsally, T. battersbyi has four rows of large dark spots. It has a high number of ventral scales, up to 200. It has a low number of maxillary teeth, only 12.[5]

T. battersbyi is viviparous.[5]

Cisneros-Heredia, D.F.; Yánez-Muñoz, M.; Reyes-Puig, C. (2019). "Tropidophis battersbyi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T50952108A50952120. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-2.RLTS.T50952108A50952120.en. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T (1999). Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
"Tropidophis". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
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. (Tropidophis battersbyi, p. 19).

Species Tropidophis battersbyi at The Reptile Database

Further reading

Freiberg M (1982). Snakes of South America. Hong Kong: T.F.H. Publications. 189 pp. ISBN 0-87666-912-7. (Tropidophis battersbyi, p. 88).
Hedges SB (2002). "Morphological variation and the definition of species in the snake genus Tropidophis (Serpentes, Tropidophiidae)". Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, London, Zoology 68 (2): 83–90.
Laurent RF (1949). "Note sur quelques reptiles appartenant à la collection de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique. III. Formes américaines ". Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique 25 (9): 1-20. (Tropidophis battersbyi, new species, p. 6). (in French).


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