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Erpeton  Lacépède, 1801
Taxonomic Serial No.: 700193

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Genus  
  Synonym(s): Herpeton Wagler, 1830
  Common Name(s):    
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  
  Global Species Completeness: complete   
  Latest Record Review: 2016   

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                            SuborderSerpentes Linnaeus, 1758 – Snakes, cobra, serpente, serpents  
                               InfraorderAlethinophidia Nopcsa, 1923  
                                  FamilyHomalopsidae Bonaparte, 1845  
                                     GenusErpeton Lacépède, 1801  
    Direct Children:  
                                        Species Erpeton tentaculatum Lacépède in Latreille, 1801 – Tentacled Snake 

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Snake Species of the World, vol. undetermined, manuscript (version 2004)  
  Acquired: 2004   
  Notes: Working manuscript of follow-up volumes to McDiarmid et al. (1999), "Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1"   
  Reference for: Erpeton   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Lacépède, B. G. E.  
  Publication Date: 1801   
  Article/Chapter Title: Sur un nouveau genre de serpent   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Bulletin des Sciences, par la Société Philomathique, Paris., vol. 2, No. 46   
  Page(s): 169   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: Genus name is available from this work but not species name. Dated 'Nivôse, an 9 de la Républic,' or from 22 Dec 1800 to 20 Jan 1801. Available online at   
  Reference for: original description   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Murphy, John C., and Harold K. Voris  
  Publication Date: 2014   
  Article/Chapter Title: A Checklist and Key to the Homalopsid Snakes (Reptilia, Squamata, Serpentes), with the Description of New Genera   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Fieldiana: Life and Earth Sciences, no. 8   
  Page(s): 1-43   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 2158-5520   
  Reference for: Erpeton   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Wagler, Joh.  
  Publication Date: 1830   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Natürliches System der Amphibian, mit vorangehender Classification der Säugthiere und Vögel   
  Page(s): vi + 354   
  Publisher: J. G. Cotta'schen Buchhandlung   
  Publication Place: München (Munich, Germany)   
  Notes: Available online via BHL at   
  Reference for: Erpeton   

 Geographic Information
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  Comment: Erpeton is available as a Latin scientific name from the initial Lacépède work, even though the species is not (it was not given a Latin scientific name until a later Latreille work). In any case, the etymology is clearly from the Greek (Epsilon, rho, pi, epsilon, tau, nu), which is neuter, so per Art. 30.1.2 the genus is neuter, and the adjectival species must reflect a neuter form. The later addition of the leading 'H' (Herpeton, per Wagler, 1830:169) is an unnecssary emendation  



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