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Lampropeltis mexicana (GARMAN, 1884)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
SubspeciesLampropeltis mexicana mexicana (GARMAN 1884)
Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri LOVERIDGE 1924 
Common NamesMexican Kingsnake 
SynonymOphibolus triangulus mexicanus GARMAN 1884:28
Coronella leonis GÜNTHER 1893
Oreophis boulengeri DUGÈS 1897
Coronella mexicana — GÜNTHER 1900
Lampropeltis mexicana — BLANCHARD 1921
Lampropeltis leonis — BLANCHARD 1921
Lampropeltis leonis — LOVERIDGE 1924: 138
Lampropeltis mexicana — LINER 1994

Lampropeltis mexicana mexicana (GARMAN 1884)
Ophibolus triangulus mexicanus GARMAN 1884:28
Lampropeltis mexicana greeri WEBB 1961
Lampropeltis mexicana mexicana — GEHLBACH & BAKER 1962: 298
Lampropeltis mexicana greeri — HILKEN & SCHLEPPER 1998
Lampropeltis mexicana greeri — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005: 26
Lampropeltis mexicana greeri — BRYSON et al. 2007

Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri LOVERIDGE, 1924
Lampropeltis thayeri LOVERIDGE 1924
Lampropeltis thayeri — SMITH 1944
Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri — HILKEN & SCHLEPPER 1998
Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri — LINER 2007 
DistributionMexico (E Chihuahua, Coahuila, W/S Nuevo Leon, Durango, Zacatecas [HR 8: 85], San Luis Potosi, Aguascalientes [HR 32: 278], Tamaulipas)

greeri: Mexico (Durango); Type locality: "Rancho Santa Barbara (Weicher Ranch), 29 miles west-southwest of Ciudad Durango, Durango, Mexico."

mexicana: Mexico (S Zacatecas, S Durango, San Luis Potosi, N Jalisco, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato); Type locality: near Ciudad San Luis Potosi, Mexico

thayeri: Mexico (Tamaulipas, Nuevo León); Type locality: Miquihuana, Tamaulipas. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesSyntypes: MCZ 4652, 4653 
CommentSubspecies: L. m. alterna has been elevated to full species status (and now includes L. m. blairi).

Synonymy: partly after GEHLBACH 1967. 
References
  • Assetto Jr., R. 1978. REPRODUCTION OF THE GRAy-BANDED KINGSNAKE. LAMPROPELTIS MEXICANA ALTERNA. Herpetological Review 9 (2): 56-57 - get paper here
  • Blanchard, Frank N. 1920. A synopsis of the king snakes: Genus Lampropeltis Fitzinger Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (87): 1-7
  • Bryson Jr., Robert W.; Jennifer Pastorini, Frank T. Burbrink and Michael R.J. Forstner 2007. A phylogeny of the Lampropeltis mexicana complex (Serpentes: Colubridae) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences suggests evidence for species-level polyphyly within Lampropeltis. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 43 (2): 674-684 - get paper here
  • Dugès, A. 1897. Description d’un ophidien nouveau du Mexique (Oreophis boulengeri, g. et sp. nn.). Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1897: 284-285 - get paper here
  • Dunn, E. R. 1922. Note on Lampropeltis mexicana (Garman) Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 35:226. - get paper here
  • FLORES-VILLELA, OSCAR; VICTOR HUGO REYNOSO & GLORIA MAGAÑA-COTA 2010. More notes on Alfredo Dugès’ names for Mexican reptilian taxa. [Chalinocnemis, Spasmocnemis, Sceloporus westphalii nomina nuda] Zootaxa 2600: 66–68 - get paper here
  • Garman,Samuel 1884. The North American reptiles and batrachians. A list of the species occuring north of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, with references. Bull. Essex Inst. 16: 1-46
  • Garstka,W.R. 1982. Systematics of the mexicana species group of the colubrid genus Lampropeltis, with an hypothesis [of] mimicry. Breviora (466): 1-35 - get paper here
  • Gehlbach, Frederick R. 1967. Lampropeltis mexicana. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles (55): 1-2 - get paper here
  • Gehlbach,F.R. & Baker,,J. 1962. Kingsnakes allied with Lampropletis mexicana: taxonomy and natural history. Copeia 1962 (2): 291-300 - get paper here
  • Gehlbach,F.R. & McCoy,C. 1965. Additional observations on variation and distribution of the gray-banded kingsnake, L. mexicana (Garman). Herpetologica 21 (1): 35-38 - get paper here
  • Hilken,G. & Schlepper,R. 1998. Der Lampropeltis mexicana-Komplex (Serpentes: Colubridae): Naturgeschichte und Terrarienhaltung. Salamandra 34 (2): 97-124
  • Loveridge,A. 1924. A new snake of the genus Lampropeltis. Occ. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 5: 137-139 - get paper here
  • Mattison, Chris 1998. The Nuevo Leon kingsnake, Lampropeltis mexicana thayeri Reptilia (GB) (2): 43-46 - get paper here
  • Rausch, Benjamin A. and Richard S. Phillips. 2013. The effect of temperature on weight gain in hatchling Mexican kingsnakes, Lampropeltis mexicana. Herpetological Review 44 (2): 251-253
  • Schmidt, D. & Kunz, K. 2005. Ernährung von Schlangen. Natur und Tier Verlag, Münster, 159 pp. - get paper here
  • Thissen, R. & Hansen, H. 2001. Königsnattern - Lampropeltis. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 172 pp. - get paper here
  • Valdez Lares, R.; R. Muñiz-Martínez; E.Gadsden; G. Aguirre-León; G. Castañeda-Gaytán; R. Gonzalez-Tr 2013. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of the state of Durango, México. Check List 9 (4):714-724 - get paper here
  • Vázquez Díaz, Joel;Quintero Díaz, Gustavo E. 2005. Anfibios y Reptiles de Aguascalientes [2nd ed.]. CONABIO, CIEMA, 318 pp.
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Webb,R. 1961. A new kingsnake from Mexico, with remarks on the mexicana group of the genus Lampropeltis. Copeia 1961 (3): 326-333 - get paper here
 
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