Pantherophis ramspotti CROTHER, WHITE, SAVAGE, ECKSTUT, GRAHAM & GARDNER, 2011
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|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).|
Type locality: Warren Co. (R24W, T76N, Sec. 30), Iowa.
|Reproduction||oviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022)|
|Types||Holotype: USNM 578514 (original number JRP 1395), adult female gravid with seven eggs collected 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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