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Geophis occabus PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ, BLANCAS-HERNÁNDEZ & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA, 2011

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymGeophis occabus PAVÓN-VÁZQUEZ, GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ, BLANCAS-HERNÁNDEZ & NIETO-MONTES DE OCA 2011
Geophis occabus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 304 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero: W Sierra Madre del Sur)

Type locality: El Molote, municipality of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero, Mexico (17°25’14.4’’N, 100°10’15.7’’W) Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: MZFC 25530, a female, datum = WGS84), elevation 1787 m, collected by J. C. Blancas-Hernández.
Paratypes.—Sixteen specimens from the municipality of Atoyac de A ́ lvarez, Guerrero, Mexico: nine (MZFC 22167–22170, 25528, 25529, 25531, 25532, 25552) from the same locality as the holotype and seven (MZFC 22160, 22162–22166, 25551) from 1.4 km E of El Molote (17°25’10.6’’N, 100°09’28.8’’W), elevation 2014 m, collected by J. C. Blancas-Hernández. 
Comment 
EtymologyEtymology.—The specific name comes from the Latin word occabus, meaning collar, in reference to the light nuchal collar present in all known specimens of this species. 
References
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • PALACIOS-AGUILAR, RICARDO & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo, Rufino Santos-Bibiano and Elizabeth Beltrán-Sánchez. 2016. Notable distributional records of amphibians and reptiles from Guerrero, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 527-531 - get paper here
  • Pavón-Vázquez, Carlos J.; Uri O. García-Vázquez, Jean C. Blancas-Hernández, and Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca 2011. A New Species of the Geophis sieboldi Group (Squamata: Colubridae) Exhibiting Color Pattern Polymorphism from Guerrero, Mexico. Herpetologica 67 (3): 332-343 - 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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