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Geophis lorancai CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ, PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, LÓPEZ-LUNA & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA, 2016

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGeophis lorancai CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ, PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, LÓPEZ-LUNA & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2016 
DistributionMexico (Veracruz, Puebla)

Type locality: Instituto Tecnológico Superior de Zongolica, vicinity of Atlanca, municipality of Los Reyes, Sierra de Zongolica, Veracruz, Mexico (18°41'48"N, 97°03'21"W), 1700 m elevation  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype MZFC 28401, adult male (Fig. 2), collected by Miguel Angel de la Torre Loranca on April 6, 2008.
Paratypes. Seven specimens, six from the Sierra de Zongolica of west-central Veracruz and one from the Sierra de Quimixtlán of adjacent Puebla, Mexico. Veracruz: Three from the same locality as the holotype (MZFC 28402–03, ITSZ 217); one from Zongolica, 18°39'02"N, 97°00'29"W, 1210 m (ITSZ 071); one from 7 km E Zongolica (MZFC 28405); one from Los Reyes, 18°41'48"N, 97°03'21"W, 1700 m (ITSZ 025). Puebla: Chichiquila, 19°11'35"N, 97°03'57"W, 1700 m (MZFC 28404). 
CommentDistribution: see map in CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ et al. 2016. 
EtymologyThe specific name is treated as a noun in the genitive case and honors Biologist Miguel Ángel de la Torre Loranca, who obtained most of the specimens of the new species from the Sierra de Zongolica. 
References
  • Canseco-Márquez L, Pavón-Vázquez CJ, López-Luna MA, Nieto-Montes de Oca A 2016. A new species of earth snake (Dipsadidae, Geophis) from Mexico. ZooKeys 610: 131-145. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.610.8605 - get paper here
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson. 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884
 
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