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Citation: Midtgaard, Rune. RepFocus - A Survey of the Reptiles of the World. (www.repfocus.dk).
Latest update: December 31st, 2022.

Taxonomy of the family Colubridae
Bibliography of the genus Rhadinella
Biodiversity of the family Colubridae


Dwarf Brown Snakes

Braune Zwerglaubnattern


1941 Rhadinella Smith (type species: Rhadinella schistosa Smith 1941)
Contents: 20 species, of which 12 (60.0%) are endemic.
Endemism: 0% 100%
Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of Rhadinaea (e.g., Williams & Wallach 1989). Revalidated by Myers (2011).
Distribution: S. Mexico, Central America.
Reported from: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Veracruz), Nicaragua, Panama.

Rhadinella anachoreta

Izabal Dwarf Brown Snake, Reclusive Forest Snake



1994 Rhadinaea anachoreta Smith & Campbell
Rhadinella anachoreta Myers 2011

Distribution: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras.

Rhadinella donaji

Oaxacan Dwarf Brown Snake, (Donaji's Slender Leaflitter Snake)



2015 Rhadinella donaji Campbell

Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca).

Rhadinella dysmica

Guerreran Dwarf Brown Snake, Guerrero Slender Leaf Litter Snake



2016 Rhadinella dysmica Campillo, Dávila-Galavíz, Flores-Villela & Campbell 2016

Distribution: Mexico (Guerrero).

Rhadinella godmani

Central American Dwarf Brown Snake, (Godman's Graceful Brown Snake)

Zentralamerikanische Zwerglaubnatter

Centralamerikansk Dværgbrunsnog

1865 Dromicus godmanni Günther
Rhadinaea godmanii Cope 1876
Rhadinella godmani Myers 2011
1952 Rhadinaea zilchi Mertens (Myers 1974)
Rhadinaea godmani zilchi Mertens 1952
1954 Rhadinaea altamontana Taylor (Myers 1974)
1965 Rhadinaea binfordi Rossman (Myers 1974)

Distribution: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca), Nicaragua, Panama.

Rhadinella hannsteini

Spot-lipped Dwarf Brown Snake, (Hannstein's Spotted-lipped Snake)


Pletlæbet Dværgbrunsnog

1949 Trimetopon hannsteini Stuart
Rhadinella hannsteini Myers 1974

Distribution: Guatemala, Mexico (Chiapas).

Rhadinella hempsteadae

Alta Verapaz Dwarf Brown Snake, (Hempstead's Pine Woods Snake)


Alta Verapaz-dværgbrunsnog

1949 Rhadinaea hempsteadae Stuart & Bailey
Rhadinella hempsteadae Myers 2011

Remarks: Previously included stadelmani. Now restricted to Guatemala (Mendelson & Kizirian 1995). Records from Chiapas, Mexico, have been described as a separate species, kanalchutchan.
Distribution: Guatemala.

Rhadinella kanalchutchan

Kanalchutchan Dwarf Brown Snake, Kanalchutchan Graceful Brown Snake



1995 Rhadinaea kanalchutchan Mendelson & Kizirian
Rhadinella kanalchutchan Myers 2011

Distribution: Mexico (Chiapas).

Rhadinella kinkelini

Nicaraguan Dwarf Brown Snake, (Kinkelin's Graceful Brown Snake)

Nicaraguanische Zwerglaubnatter

Nicaraguansk Dværgbrunsnog

1898 Rhadinaea kinkelini Boettger
Rhadinella kinkelini Myers 2011
1941 Rhadinaea veraepacis Stuart & Bailey (Myers 1974)
Trimetopon veraepacis Stuart 1949
1952 Rhadinaea pinicola Mertens (Köhler & McCranie 1999)

Remarks: Erroneously recorded from Mexico by Smith & Smith (1976) (Flores-Villela 1993).
Distribution: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas), Nicaragua.

Rhadinella lachrymans

Tearful Pine-Oak Snake



1870 Lygophis lachrymans Cope
Rhadinaea lachrymans Cope 1846
Rhadinella lachrymans Myers 2011

Distribution: Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico (Chiapas).

Rhadinella lisyae

Sierra de Agalta Dwarf Brown Snake



2017 Rhadinella lisyae McCranie

Distribution: Honduras.

Rhadinella montecristi

Salvadorean Dwarf Brown Snake

Salvadoranische Zwerglaubnatter

Salvadoransk Dværgbrunsnog

1952 Rhadinaea montecristi Mertens
Rhadinella montecristi Myers 2011

Distribution: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras.

Rhadinella pegosalyta

Solid-striped Dwarf Brown Snake

Breitstreifige Zwerglaubnatter

Bredstribet Dværgbrunsnog

2006 Rhadinaea pegosalyta McCranie
Rhadinella pegosalyta Myers 2011

Distribution: Honduras.

Rhadinella pilonaorum

Santa Rosa Dwarf Brown Snake


Santa Rosa-dværgbrunsnog

1954 Trimetopon pilonaorum Stuart
Rhadinaea pilonaorum Myers 1974

Distribution: El Salvador, Guatemala.

Rhadinella posadasi

Volcán Zunil Dwarf Brown Snake, (Posada's Graceful Brown Snake)



1936 Trimetopon posadasi Slevin
Rhadinaea posadasi Myers 1974

Distribution: Guatemala, Mexico (Chiapas).

Rhadinella rogerromani

Saslaya Mountains Dwarf Brown Snake



1999 Rhadinaea rogerromani Köhler & McCranie
Rhadinella rogerromani Myers 2011

Distribution: Nicaragua.

Rhadinella schistosa

Broken-collared Dwarf Brown Snake, Broken-collared Graceful Brown Snake



1941 Rhadinella schistosa Smith
Rhadinaea schistosa Myers 1974

Remarks: Not listed for Oaxaca by Mata-Silva, García-Padilla, Rocha, DeSantis, Johnson, Ramírez-Bautista & Wilson (2021).
Distribution: Mexico (Oaxaca, Veracruz).

Rhadinella serperaster

Costa Rican Dwarf Brown Snake

Costaricanische Zwerglaubnatter

Costaricansk Dværgbrunsnog

1871 Rhadinaea serperaster Cope
Rhadinella serperaster Myers 2011

Distribution: Costa Rica.

Rhadinella stadelmani

Todos Santos Dwarf Brown Snake


Todos Santos-dværgbrunsnog

1941 Rhadinaea stadelmani Stuart & Bailey
Rhadinella stadelmani (new combination, this work)

Remarks: Previously regarded as a synonym of hempsteadae (e.g., Myers 1974). Revalidated by Mendelson & Kizirian (1995), followed by Wallach, Williams & Boundy (2014). However, stadelmani was not listed by Myers (2011).
Distribution: Guatemala.

Rhadinella tolpanorum

Atlántida Dwarf Brown Snake



1994 Rhadinaea tolpanorum Holm & Cruz
Rhadinella tolpanorum Myers 2011

Distribution: Honduras.

Rhadinella xerophila

Motagua Dwarf Brown Snake



2018 Rhadinella xerophila Ariano-Sánchez & Campbell

Distribution: Guatemala.