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Pituophis lineaticollis (COPE, 1861)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesPituophis lineaticollis gibsoni STUART 1954
Pituophis lineaticollis lineaticollis (COPE 1861) 
Common NamesE: Middle American Gopher Snake, Cincuate Bull Snake
G: Gestreifte Kiefernatter
S: Cincuate 
SynonymArizona lineaticollis COPE 1861: 300
Pituophis deppi pholidostictus JAN 1863 (fide HALLERMANN 2007)
Pituophis lineaticollis — GÜNTHER 1894: 124
Coluber lineaticollis — BOULENGER 1894: 64
Pituophis deppei brevilineata SCHMIDT & SHANNON 1947: 79
Pituophis lineaticollis — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 247
Pituophis deppei — JOHNSON 1984 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Pituophis lineaticollis — LINER 1994
Pituophis lineaticollis lineaticollis — LINER 2007
Pituophis lineaticollis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 562

Pituophis lineaticollis gibsoni STUART 1954
Pituophis deppei gibsoni STUART 1954: 172
Pituophis lineaticollis gibsoni — DUELLMAN 1960: 608
Pituophis lineaticollis gibsoni — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 608
Pituophis lineaticollis gibsoni — KLUGE 1984
Pituophis lineaticollis gibsoni — LINER 2007 
DistributionSE Mexico (Michoacán, Jalisco [HR 35: 192], Puebla, Veracruz), Guatemala

brevilineata (invalid): Type locality: Tancítaro, 6000 ft., Michoacan, Mexico.

lineaticollis: Mexico (Michoacán, México, and Morelos, Guerrero, Oaxaca); Type locality: 24 kilometers northwest of Ciudad Oaxaca, Oaxaca [neotype locality].

gibsoni: Guatemala, Mexico (highlands of Chiapas); Type locality: Yepocapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.  
TypesNeotype: UMMZ 114668, adult female (W.E. Duellman, 29 Feb. 1956), designated by Duellman (1960: 607); former holotype: ANSP 3548; Mexico
Holotype: UMMZ 107060 (University of Michigan Museum of Zoology) [gibsoni]
Syntypes: ZMB 1737, 1738 [pholidostictus] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (lineaticollis): This subspecies is characterized by the presence of continuous dark paravertebral stripes on the anterior part of the body, and light-centered dorsal body-blotches and lateral intercalary spots (Pl. 45, Fig. 2). There are 229 to 258 ventrals, 54 to 72 caudals, and 23 to 45 dorsal body-blotches posterior to the neck-stripes. The young are colored like the adults [DUELLMAN 1960].

Diagnosis (gibsoni): This race is characterized by paired, elongated, pale-centered, paravertebral spots on the anterior part of the body. Posterior to the paired spots are 22 to 27 dorsal body-blotches; these and the lateral intercalary spots have pale centers. There are 234 to 246 ventrals and 57 to 65 caudals [DUELLMAN 1960]. 
CommentSynonymy partly after PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970, Heimes 2016.

Distribution: see map in Schätti et al. 2020: 503 (Fig. 10). 
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