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Common names: Mexican horned pitvipers.

Ophryacus is a genus of venomous pit vipers endemic to Mexico. The name is derived from the Greek word ophrys, which means "brow", and the Latin word acus, which means "needle", an allusion to the characteristic horn-like scales over the eyes. Currently, two species are recognized and no subspecies.

Description


Ophryacus

The larger of the two species, O. undulatus, grows to between 55 and 70 cm (22 and 28 in) in length. They are characterized by the presence of a single scale over the eye that takes the shape of either a long and relatively slender spine, or a flattened horn. Often, other supraocular scales are also shaped in such a way that they project slightly.

Geographic range


Ophryacus

They are restricted to the mountains of central and southern Mexico.

Species


Ophryacus

T) Type species.

See also


Ophryacus
  • List of crotaline species and subspecies
  • Crotalinae by common name
  • Crotalinae by taxonomic synonyms
  • Snakebite

References


Ophryacus

Further reading



External links



  • Ophryacus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 12 December 2007.


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