Erythrolamprus perfuscus (Cope, 1862)

Barbados racer, Tan ground snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Liophis perfuscus Cope 1862


Conservation Status


Last record: 1963 (Emsley, 1963)

IUCN RedList status: Extinct


Sadly one of the few species thought extinct after having been rediscovered.





Biology & Ecology










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Groombridge, B. (ed.). 1994. 1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, UK.

Henderson, R.W. and Powell, R. 2009. Natural History of West Indian Reptiles and Amphibians. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Powell, R. and Henderson, R.W. 2012. Island lists of West Indian amphibians and reptiles. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 51(2): 85-166.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

Underwood, G., Horrocks, J.A. and Daltry, J.C. 1999. A new snake from Barbados. Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society 45: 67-75.


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