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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesColuber constrictor anthicus (COPE, 1862)
Coluber constrictor constrictor LINNAEUS, 1758
Coluber constrictor etheridgei WILSON, 1970
Coluber constrictor flaviventris SAY, 1823
Coluber constrictor foxii (BAIRD & GIRARD 1853)
Coluber constrictor helvigularis AUFFENBERG, 1955
Coluber constrictor latrunculus WILSON, 1970
Coluber constrictor mormon (BAIRD & GIRARD 1852)
Coluber constrictor oaxaca (JAN, 1863: 63)
Coluber constrictor paludicola AUFFENBERG & BABITT, 1955
Coluber constrictor priapus DUNN & WOOD, 1939 
Common NamesE: Eastern Racer
anthicus: Buttermilk Racer
constrictor: Northern Black Racer
etheridgei: Tan Racer
flaviventris: Yellowbelly Racer
foxii: Blue Racer
helvigularis: Brownchin Racer
latrunculus: Blackmask Racer
mormon: Western yellow-bellied Racer
oaxaca: Mexican Racer
paludicola: Everglades Racer
priapus: Southern Black Racer
G: Schwarznatter 
SynonymColuber Constrictor LINNAEUS 1758: 216
Bascanion constrictor — BAIRD &GIRARD 1853: 93
Coryphodon Constrictor — DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1854: 183
Bascanion constrictor BOCOURT 1890 (fide VILLA et als. 1988)
Zamenis constrictor — BOULENGER 1893: 387
Bascanium anthicum — COPE 1862: 338
Coluber ortenburgeri STUART 1934
Coluber ortenburgeri — STUART 1935
Coluber constrictor — STEBBINS 1985: 180
Coluber constrictor — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 183
Coluber constrictor — LINER 1994
Coluber constrictor constrictor — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 324
Coluber constrictor — CROTHER et al. 2012
Coluber constrictor — WALLACH et al. 2014: 172

Coluber constrictor anthicus (COPE, 1862)
Bascanium anthicum COPE 1862: 338
Coluber constrictor anthicus — DOWLING 1959
Coluber constrictor anthicus — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 332
Coluber constrictor anthicus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Coluber constrictor etheridgei WILSON, 1970
Coluber constrictor etheridgei — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 334
Coluber constrictor etheridgei — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Coluber constrictor flaviventris SAY1823
Coluber flaviventris SAY1823: 185
Coryphodon flaviventris — HALLOWELL 1856: 241
Bascanion flaviventris — BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 96 (?)
Coluber constrictor var. flaviventris — GARMAN 1884: 42
Zamenis stejnegerianus COPE 1895 (see note)
Coluber constrictor flaviventris — GRANT 1937
Coluber constrictor stejnegerianus — MULIAK & MULIAK 1942
Coluber constrictor stejnegerianus — KLUGE 1984
Coluber constrictor flaviventris — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 335
Coluber constrictor flaviventris — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Coluber constrictor flaviventris — BARTS 2006

Coluber constrictor foxii (BAIRD & GIRARD 1853)
Coluber constrictor foxii — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 328
Coluber constrictor foxii — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coluber constrictor helvigularis AUFFENBERG, 1955
Coluber constrictor helvigularis — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 330
Coluber constrictor helvigularis — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Coluber constrictor latrunculus WILSON, 1970
Coluber constrictor latrunculus — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 331
Coluber constrictor latrunculus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Coluber constrictor mormon (BAIRD & GIRARD 1852)
Coluber mormon BAIRD & GIRARD 1852
Coluber constrictor mormon — FITCH 1936
Coluber mormon — FITCH 1981
Coluber constrictor mormon — GREENE 1983
Coluber constrictor mormon — STEBBINS 1985: 180
Coluber mormon — COLLINS 1991
Coluber mormon — LINER 1994
Coluber constrictor mormon — CROTHER 2000: 58
Coluber constrictor mormon — BOL 2007
Coluber constrictor mormon — CROTHER et al. 2012

Coluber constrictor oaxaca (JAN, 1863: 63)
Coluber constrictor oaxaca — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 337
Coluber constrictor oaxaca — BRYSON & LAZCANO 2005
Coluber constrictor oaxaca — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009

Coluber constrictor paludicola AUFFENBERG & BABITT, 1955
Coluber constrictor paludicola — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 329
Coluber constrictor paludicola — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009
Coluber constrictor paludicola — GOMARD 2014

Coluber constrictor priapus DUNN & WOOD, 1939
Coluber constrictor priapus — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 326
Coluber constrictor priapus — COLLINS & TAGGART 2009 
DistributionS Canada (incl. Saskatchewan)
USA (Washington, Oregon, California, Illinois, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, S New Hampshire, S Vermont, S Maine; Tennessee [latrunculus: HR 31: 54])
E/SE Mexico (Yucatan, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo), Belize, N Guatemala

constrictor: S Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, N Georgia, Rhode Island, Connecticut, NE Alabama.

anthicus: S Arkansas, Louisiana, E Texas. Type locality: “Siam (?)” (apparently in error).

etheridgei: WC Louisiana, adjacent Texas.

flaviventris: Montana, W North Dakota, east to Iowa and south to Texas, SW Louisiana; Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma; isolated populations in New Mexico and Texas.

foxii: S Ontario, NW Ohio to E Iowa and SE Minnesota; Wisconsin; an isolated population in Menominee Co., Michigan (intergrades with flaviventris).

helvigularis: Lower Chipola and Apalachicola R. valleys in Florida panhandle and adjacent Georgia.

latrunculus: SE Louisiana north along the east side of the Mississippi to N Missouri.

mormon: Canada (British Columbia), USA (Oregon, California), Mexico

oaxacae: S Texas and Tamaulipas to C Veracruz; isolated records in Nuevo León, Coahuila, Durango, Colima, Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Guatemala. Type locality: “Mexico”. Seems to intergrade with flaviventris in New Mexico and Texas.

ortenburgeri: Guatemala; Type locality: El Petén, Kalto SAbana, 4.8 km W La Libertad.

paludicola: Everglades, SE Florida, upper Florida Keys, E Florida.

priapus: SE states and north and west in Mississippi valley to S Indiana and SE Oklahoma, Lower Florida Keys, E Texas, Arkansas; Type locality: Florida, West Palm Beach.

Type locality: “Canada” Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionoviparous. 
TypesType: NRM (= NHRM) (Stockholm) (see Andersson 1899: 35)
Syntypes: (2) ANSP 5367-68 [anthicum]
Holotype: ANSP 16111 [priapus]
Holotype: MNHN [oaxacae]
Holotype: UMMZ [ortenburgeri]
Holotype: USNM [paludicola] 
CommentType species: Coluber Constrictor LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Coluber LINNAEUS 1758.

Subspecies: following Bound et al. (2012) in the SSAR name list.

Joe Collins made the following comments on the new paper by Burbrink et al. (2008):

Using mtDNA, Burbrink et al. (2008) identified six lineages of Coluber constrictor in this excellent paper, but did not name them as distinct species, presumably until future results of nucleic DNA evidence along with southwestern U.S. and Mexican samples are assessed and integrated into the analysis. However, based on known type localities (as they appear in Auffenberg, 1955, Stejneger and Barbour, 1943, Schmidt, 1953, and Wilson, 1970) for already described, published, and available names, minimally the following distinct species (see Figure 1 on page 275 in Burbrink et al. for lineage designations) might be recognized in the future:

Coluber constrictor Linnaeus, 1758 (Eastern lineage of Burbrink et al. 2008)

Type locality: vicinity of Philadelphia (see Dunn & Wood, 1939)

Standard common name would remain: Eastern Racer

Coluber priapus Dunn & Wood, 1939 (Peninsular Florida lineage of Burbrink et al. 2008)

Type locality: West Palm Beach, Florida

Standard common name would become: Florida Racer

Synonyms: Coluber haasti Bell, 1952, Coluber c. paludicolus Auffenberg & Babbitt, 1953

Coluber helvigularis Auffenberg, 1955 (Florida Panhandle lineage of Burbrink et al. 2008)

Type locality: Gulf County, Florida

Standard common name would remain: Brownchin Racer

Coluber flaviventris Say, 1823 (Central lineage of Burbrink et al. 2008)

Type locality: Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Standard common name would probably become: Prairie Racer, Plains Racer, or Midland Racer

Synonyms: Coluber anthicus (Cope 1862), Coluber c. etheridgei Wilson, 1970, Coluber c. foxii (Baird & Girard, 1853), Coluber c. latrunculus Wilson, 1970

Coluber mormon Baird & Girard, 1852 (Western lineage of Burbrink et al. 2008)

Type locality: Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Utah

Standard common name would remain: Western Racer

Synonym: Coluber vetustus (Baird & Girard, 1853)

Possible synonyms: Coluber oaxaca Jan, 1863, Coluber stejnegerianus (Cope, 1895)

Collins was unable to clearly identify a name for the Gulf Coast lineage of Burbrink et al. (2008); it may require a new specific epithet. The western border of this lineage is the Mississippi River. The type locality of Coluber c. latrunculus Wilson, 1970 is St. James Parish, Louisiana (west of the Mississippi River) and very close to the range of the Gulf Coast lineage of Burbrink et al. (2008); additional sampling may demonstrate that the name C. c. latrunculus applies to it.

The above list of name combinations is presented here merely as advance information of possible future changes in the taxonomy of the polytypic North American Racers (genus Coluber). Under no circumstances should the above list be adopted as a taxonomy for the group (except for recognition of C. mormon as a distinct species, an arrangement already well-documented long ago by Fitch et al., 1981, and Collins, 1991). Additional work on the systematics of this serpent remains to be done. 
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