Lampropeltis webbi BRYSON, DIXON & LAZCANO, 2005
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lampropeltis webbi?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Lampropeltis webbi BRYSON, DIXON & LAZCANO 2005|
Lampropeltis webbi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 360
|Distribution||Mexico (Pacific versant of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Mixed Boreal-Tropical habitat near the Durango/Sinaloa state border)|
Type locality: 4.0 km west of El Palmito on Hwy. 40, Municipio Concordia, Sinaloa, México (23° 33’ 14.2’’ N, 105° 50’ 47.2’’ W), 2000 m elevation. Map legend:
- Type locality.
|Types||Holotype: UANL 5684|
|Comment||Diagnosis.-A species of tricolored kingsnake most closely resembling Lampropeltis pyromelana and Lampropeltis mexicana but differing from those species in a number of characters. Lampropeltis webbi can be distinguished from L. pyromelana based on a primarily black snout, the smaller number of white annuli, and a different head pattern. It differs from L. mexicana in having a higher number of ventral and subcaudal scales and in having a different body pattern. In addition, L. webbi is distinguished from L. pyromelana and L. mexicana and all other members of this genus, by mitochondrial DNA markers. The following combination of nucleotide states within the ND4-Leu gene region is diagnostic for L. webbi in our analysis. The numbers refer to the positions within the aligned sequences referenced in Appendix 1; position 1 corresponds to position 11703 of the complete Dinodon semicarinatus mitochondrial genome (GenBank accession number NC 001945). [from BRYSON et al. 2005]|
Note that this diagnosis is fairly vague.
|Etymology||Named after Robert G. Webb for his countless hours of research on the herpetofauna of northwestern México.|
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