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Geophis sieboldi (JAN, 1862)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Siebold's Earth Snake
S: Minadora de Siebold 
SynonymElapoides sieboldii JAN 1862: 21
C(atastoma) sieboldii — COPE 1868: 131
Ninia sieboldi — GARMAN 1884: 96
E(lapoidis) sieboldii — COPE 1885: 386
Geophis sieboldi — SMITH 1941: 4
Geophis sieboldi — LINER 1994
Geophis sieboldi — WILSON & TOWNSEND 2007: 18
Geophis sieboldi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 305
Geophis sieboldi — BARRAGAN-RESÉNDIZ et al. 2022 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero, Michoacan, Jalisco)

Type locality: “Mexico” and “Guadalupa” [= possibly Guadalupe, Oaxaca, Mexico].  
TypesSyntypes: ZSM (1), NMW (1), two deposited in a museum collection in Milan. None are known to be extant (Downs 1967: 171). 
CommentDistribution: see map in BARRAGAN-RESÉNDIZ et al. 2022: 273 (Fig. 5) 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold (1804-1885), who studied at Universität Berlin and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, becoming a physician who practiced in East Prussia (1831-1834). 
  • Barragán-Reséndiz, Lesly Montserrat, Pavón-Vázquez, Carlos J., Cervantes-Burgos, Romina Itzel, Trujano-Ortega, Marysol, Canseco-Márquez, Luis, et al. 2022. A New Species of Snake of the Geophis sieboldi Group (Squamata: Dipsadidae) from Estado de México, Mexico. Herpetologica 78 (4): 268-276 - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1868. An examination of the Reptilia and Batrachia obtained by the Orton Expedition to Equador and the Upper Amazon, with notes on other species. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 20: 96-140 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1885. A contribution to the herpetology of Mexico. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 22: 379-404 - get paper here
  • Cruz-Sáenz, D., F. J. Muñoz-Nolasco, V. Mata-Silva, J. D. Johnson, E. García-Padilla, and L. D. Wilson. 2017. The herpetofauna of Jalisco, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(1): 23–118 - get paper here
  • Downs, F. L. 1967. lntrageneric relations among colubrid snakes of the genus Geophis Wagler. Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan 131: 1-193. - get paper here
  • Garman, Samuel 1884. The reptiles and batrachians of North America. Mem. Mus. comp. Zool, Cambridge (Massachusetts), 8 (3): xxxiv + 185 pp. [1883] [CNAH reprint 10] - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Jan, G. 1862. Enumerazione sistematico delle specie d'ofidi del gruppo Calamaridae. Arch. Zool., Anat. Fisiol., 2: 1-76. - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1865. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 12. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of the State of Mexico, Mexico with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 953: 137-159 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Pierce LJS, Painter CW 2020. The amphibians and reptiles of Colima, Mexico, with a summary of their conservation status. ZooKeys 927: 99-125 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - 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
  • Savage, Jay M.; Watling, James I. 2008. Not so rare snakes: a revision of the Geophis sieboldi group (Colubridae: Dipsadinae) in lower Central America and Colombia. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 153(3):561-599 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. 1941. Notes on Mexican snakes of the genus Geophis. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 99 (19): 1-6 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • WILSON, L.D. & J.H. TOWNSEND 2007. A checklist and key to the snakes of the genus Geophis (Squamata: Colubridae: Dipsadinae), with commentary on distribution and conservation. Zootaxa 1395: 1-31 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D.; McCranie,J.R. & Williams,K.L. 1998. A new species of Geophis of the sieboldi group (Reptilia: Squamata: Colubridae) from northern Honduras. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 111: 410-417 - get paper here
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