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Micrurus fulvius
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Elapidae
Genus: Micrurus
Wagler, 1824

Micrurus is a genus of venomous coral snakes of the family Elapidae.[1]

Geographic range

Species in the genus Micrurus are endemic to the Americas.[2]


The following 80 species are recognized as being valid.[1]

Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Micrurus.


All species of Micrurus are oviparous (egg-laying).[3]


  1. ^ a b Genus Micrurus at The Reptile Database
  2. ^ Goin CJ, Goin OB, Zug GR (1978). Introduction to Herpetology, Third Edition. San Francisco: W.H. Freeman and Company. xi + 378 pp. ISBN 0-7167-0020-4. (Genus Micrurus, p. 331).
  3. ^ Smith HM, Brodie ED Jr (1982). Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. New York: Golden Press. 240 pp. ISBN 0-307-13666-3. (Genus Micrurus, p. 196).

Further reading

  • Roze JA (1996). Coral Snakes of the Americas: Biology, Identification, and Venoms. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing. 340 pp. ISBN 978-0894648472.
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