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Erpeton tentaculatum  Lacépède in Latreille, 1801
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1008554

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Erpeton tentaculatus Lacépède in Latreille, 1801
    Rhinopirus tentaculatus (Lacépède in Latreille, 1801)
  Common Name(s): Tentacled Snake [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          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  
                                        SpeciesErpeton tentaculatum Lacépède in Latreille, 1801 – Tentacled Snake  

  Reference for:    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Reptile Database, website (version 09Jan2014)  
  Acquired: 2014   
  Notes: Uetz, P. & Jirí Hosek (eds.), The Reptile Database, (   
  Reference for: Erpeton tentaculatum   
  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: Erpeton tentaculatum   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Latreille, P. A. / Sonnini, C. S., and P. A. Latreille  
  Publication Date: 1801   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Histoire Naturelle des Reptiles, avec figures dessinées d'après nature, Vol. IV   
  Page(s): 410   
  Publisher: Deterville   
  Publication Place: Paris, France   
  Notes: Available online at ; Published late September or October 1801 per F. Harper (1940, Amer. Midl. Nat. 23:692-723)   
  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: Tentacled Snake[English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Southern Asia  



  Comment: Mandatory correction for gender concordance; Erpeton is treated as neuter (ICZN Art. 30.1.2), so the name in this combination should be Erpeton tentaculatum, not E. tentaculatus  
    Note the following nomenclatural issues concerning which publication and author made this name available, and its gender. In late 1800, Lacépède apparently gave a presentation or reading in association with the 'Inst. nat.' (Institut national) concerning a new species. Brief notes were compiled for publication in the Bulletin des Sciences par la Société Philomathique (a quarto, 4 leaves or 8 pages, was published for each month of the Republic at that time), and appeared there in vol. 2, no. 46 (p.169), for 'Nivôse, an 9 de la République,' corresponding approximately with 22 Dec 1800 to 20 Jan 1801. That note is titled 'Sur un nouveau genre de serpent, par le C. Lacépède,' but initials at the bottom are 'C. V.' Various initials appear under each piece, and along with the third person phrasing in the piece, suggest this C. V. individual compiled Lacépède's notes, with additional wording, in that short piece. Unfortunately, no scientific name appears in the work, only the clearly vernacular 'Erpeton tentaculé,' so in any case the name is not available from it. In volume 4 of Histoire Naturelle des Reptiles, with cover date of 'An X' (which corresponds approximately to late September 1801 through late September 1802), which McDiarmid (pers. comm., 8/2016) dates to 1801, Latreille on p.190 mentions Lacépède's activities at the 'Institut national' and gives the scientific name Erpeton tentaculatus [sic], along with the same vernacular, 'Erpeton tentaculé.' Lacépède published a 5 page (pp.280-284, with 1 plate) description of the species, with the same scientific and vernacular names, in Annales du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, but this has an explicit cover date of 'An XI (1803),' so this work appears to post-date Latreille's. Additionally, etymology is from a Greek neuter word (Epsilon, rho, pi, epsilon, tau, nu), per Art. 30.1.2 the genus is neuter, so in consultation with McDiarmid, we are citing this name as Erpeton tentaculatum Lacépède in Latreille, 1801  



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