Alsophis antillensis Sibonus (or Sibonius), Culubridae ?, Serpentes

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 25 01:42:23 CDT 2002

      Hopefully Cope gave the etymology of the name sibonius.  If not, my
best guess would be that it might have something to do with the snake genus
Sibon (which is also in Family Colubridae) of Central America and northern
South America.  Perhaps some resemblance in appearance or behavior (but this
is just an educated guess).
     ----- Good luck,   Ken

>From: Friedrich LAURIA <friedrich.lauria at NHM-WIEN.AC.AT>
>Reply-To: Friedrich LAURIA <friedrich.lauria at NHM-WIEN.AC.AT>
>Subject: Re: Alsophis antillensis Sibonus (or Sibonius), Culubridae ?,
>         Serpentes
>Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 23:31:37 +0200
>Thank you very much. Your info was very helpful indeed. I will
>eventually track down Cope's paper which may state something about the
>etymology of the epithet 'sibonius'.
>Friedrich Lauria
>Dept. of Botany
>Naturhistorisches Museum Wien
>Ken Kinman wrote:
> >
> > Friedrich,
> >      Actually "sibonius" appears to be a subspecies name (not an
> > Alsophis antillensis sibonius was named by Cope in 1879 (holotype at the
> > USNM).  It is a Colubrid snake.
> >      Sometimes subspecies names are capitalized in the older literature,
> > perhaps your friend mistakenly thought "Sibonius" was an author's name?
> >      ---- Hope this helps,
> >                          Ken
> > ****************************************

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