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Syntypes (2): NHRM L-93 and L-94. NHRM L-93 designated lectotype by Roze, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit. 2932:1-15[14].

Type-locality: Asia (in error, according to Roze, 1989, Am. Mus. Novit. 2932:1-15[14].) Restricted to Belém, Pará, Brazil, by Schmidt and Walker, 1943, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser. 24:279-296[294]; subsequently, restriction considered invalid by Roze, 1967, Am. Mus. Novit. 2287:1-60[32], because the locality lies outside the known distribution of M. l. lemniscatus.

Five subspecies, namely M. l. lemniscatus (Linnaeus, 1758); M. l. carvalhoi Roze, 1967; M. l. diutius Burger, 1955; M. l. frontifasciatus (Werner, 1927); and M. l. helleri Schmidt and Schmidt, 1925, were recognized by Roze, 1967, Am. Mus. Novit. 2287:1-60[32-35], but M. l. frontifasciatus was elevated to species status by Roze, 1983 [dated 1982], mem. Inst. Butantan 46:305-338[313].

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