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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesConiophanes piceivittis frangivirgatus PETERS 1950
Coniophanes piceivittis piceivittis (COPE 1870) 
Common NamesE: Cope's Black-striped Snake
G: Schwarzstreifennatter 
SynonymConiophanes piceivittis COPE 1870: 149
Tachymenis taeniata PETERS 1870: 876
Conophis lineatus — DITMARS 1934 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Liophis decoratus — DITMARS 1934 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Coniophanes piceivitus [sic] — STUART 1935: 53
Coniophanes piceivittis — BAILEY 1939: 29
Coniophanes piceivittis piceivittis — MERTENS 1952: 61
Coniophanes piceivittis — LINER 1994
Coniophanes piceivittis piceivittis — LINER 2007
Coniophanes piceivittis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 178

Coniophanes piceivittis frangivirgatus PETERS 1950
Coniophanes flangivirgatus PETERS 1950
Coniophanes flangivirgatus — MARTIN 1958

Coniophanes piceivittis frangivirgatus — WILSON & MEYER 1982
Coniophanes piceivittis frangivirgatus — LINER 1994
Coniophanes piceivittis frangivirgatus — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Quéretaro, San Luis Potosí, Hidalgo, Puebla), Belize ?, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica

frangivirgatus: Mexico (Veracruz, Tamaulipas); Type locality: Veracruz, 0.8 km E Plan del Río, 32 km (by air) SE Jalapa, on Veracruz highway, which crosses branch of Río Actopan at this point, 305 m elevation.

taylori: Mexico;

Type locality: Chihuitan, Oaxaca, Mexico.  
TypesSyntypes: USNM 30265
Holotype: UMMZ 101160 [frangivirgatus] 
CommentSubspecies: Coniophanes piceivittis taylori HALL 1951 has been elevated to full species status by FLORES-VILLELA & SMITH 2009.

Publication dates: Cope's paper was published on February 18th, 1870 according to Osborn 1930.

Distribution: not in Yucatan state (Mexico), fide Gonzalez-Sanchez et al. 2017. Records from Guerrero are considered to be C. taylori fide Flores-Villela and Smith (2009). 
EtymologyThe specific name was derived from the Latin words picis, meaning "pitch-black" and vita meaning "stripe," in reference to the dorsal coloration. 
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