Pantherophis ramspotti CROTHER, WHITE, SAVAGE, ECKSTUT, GRAHAM & GARDNER, 2011
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Pantherophis ramspotti?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Western Foxsnake|
|Synonym||Pantherophis ramspotti CROTHER, WHITE, SAVAGE, ECKSTUT, GRAHAM & GARDNER 2011|
Pantherophis ramspotti — CROTHER et al. 2012
Pantherophis ramspotti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 530
|Distribution||USA (West of the Mississippi River in SE Minnesota, Iowa, SE South Dakota, E Nebraska, NW and NE corners of EC Missouri).|
|Types||Holotype: USNM 578514 (original number JRP 1395), adult female gravid with seven eggs collected in Warren Co. (R24W, T76N, Sec. 30), Iowa, 21 June 2002 by Jeff Parmelee.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. A relatively large Pantherophis, most similar and closely related to P. vulpinus. P. ramspotti differs in blotch count, distribution, and cyt-b nucleotides. P. ramspotti has an average dorsal body blotch count anterior to the cloaca of 42.8 whereas P. vulpinus has an average of 36.8 dorsal body blotches. P. ramspotti is generally distributed west of the Mississippi River and possesses seven unique nucleotides at positions 121 (T), 191 (G), 284 (C), 679 (A), 689 (G), 707 (C), and 830 (C).|
|Etymology||The specific epithet ramspotti is in remembrance of the late aspiring herpetologist Joseph Ramspott, who was from Nebraska, a state included in the western form’s range. He was a graduate student at Southeastern Louisiana University working in the Crother-White lab when he passed away in 2004.|
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