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Contia longicaudae FELDMAN & HOYER, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesForest Sharp-tailed Snake 
SynonymContia longicaudae FELDMAN & HOYER 2010
Contia longicauda — CROTHER et al. 2012
Contia longicaudae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 181 
DistributionUSA (N California, S Oregon)

Type locality: California, Mendocino County, 8.6 km E of junction with Highway 1 via State Route 128, 39°10’18’’N, 123°39’48’’W, 5 m elevation.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 231505, adult female, 7 July 1998, R. F. Hoyer. 
EtymologyEtymology.—The species name, an adjective meaning ‘‘long-tailed,’’ derives from the Latin adjective longi, or long, and the Latin noun cauda, or tail. The combination refers to the proportionately longer tail that C. longicaudae possess compared to its sister species C. tenuis. 
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Feldman, C.R. & Hoyer, R.F. 2010. A New Species of Snake in the Genus Contia (Squamata: Colubridae) from California and Oregon. Copeia 2010 (2): 254–267 - 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.
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