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Arizona pacata KLAUBER, 1946

IUCN Red List - Arizona pacata - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: arenicola: Texas Glossy Snake
candida: Mojave Glossy Snake
eburnata: Desert Glossy Snake
elegans: Eastern Glossy Snake, Kansas Glossy Snake
noctovaga: Arizona Glossy Snake
occidentalis: Western Glossy Snake, California Glossy Snake, Painted Desert Glossy Snake
G: Arizonanatter 
SynonymArizona elegans pacata KLAUBER 1946: 379
Arizona elegans pacata — MURRAY 1955
Arizona elegans pacata — LEVITON & BANTA !964
Arizona pacata — GRISMER 2002
Arizona pacata — ENDERSON et al. 2009
Arizona pacata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 55 
DistributionMexico (Baja California Sur)

Type locality: San Domingo (lat. 25° 30’ N), Baja California, Mexico”  
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesHolotype: SDSNH 17652 
Comment 
EtymologyThe name elegans (Latin) means "tasteful, choice, fine, or select" and refers to the color pattern. The name arenicola (Latin) means "sand loving" and refers to the principal soil type where the species occurs. The name candida (Latin) means "shining white, bright" and refers to the pale color pattern. The name eburnata (Latin) means "of ivory" and refers to a pale color pattern. The name expolita (Latin) means "smooth, polished" and refers to the color pattern. The name noctivaga (Latin) means "night wanderer" and refers to nocturnal habits. The name occidentalis (Latin) means "western" and refers to its western distribution. The name pacata (Latin) means "peaceful, quiet" and refers to a behavioral trait. The name philipi is a patronym and honors Philip M. Klauber. 
References
  • Enderson, Erik F.; Adrian Quijada-Mascareñas; Dale S. Turner; Philip C. Rosen & Robert L. Bezy 2009. The herpetofauna of Sonora, Mexico, with comparisons to adjoining states. Check List 5 (3): 632–672
  • Grismer, L. L. 2002. Amphibians and reptiles of Baja California, including its pacific islands and the islands in the Sea of Cortés. Univ. California Press, Berkeley: 399 pp.
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Klauber, Laurence M. 1946. The glossy snake, Arizona, with descriptions of new subspecies. Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 10 (17): 311-398 - get paper here
  • Leviton, Alan E.; Banta, Benjamin H. 1964. Midwinter reconnaissance of the herpetofauna of the Cape Region of Baja California, Mexico. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. 30 (7): 127-156 - get paper here
  • Murray, Keith F. 1955. Herpetological collections from Baja California. Herpetologica 11: 33-48 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Wilson, Larry David; Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson 2013. A conservation reassessment of the reptiles of Mexico based on the EVS measure. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 7 (1): 1–47 - get paper here
 
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