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Rhadinaea marcellae TAYLOR, 1949

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Marcella's Graceful Brown Snake
S: Hojarasquera de Marcella 
SynonymRhadinaea marcellae TAYLOR 1949
Rhadinaea marcellae — LINER 1994
Rhadinaea marcellae — LINER 2007
Rhadinaea marcellae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 640 
DistributionMexico (Puebla, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosí, Veracruz)

Type locality: Xilitla region, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: LSUM 270 (Louisiana St. Univ. Mus. Zool.), May 12, 1947. Collected by Marcella Newman. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Dorsolateral light line on head beginning on the snout, running through upper edge of eye to behind mouth angle, then back and upward to join the lateral body stripe, which occupies the fifth rows and is composed of a series of disconnected light spots each covering about half of a scale; a nuchal white black-edged collar connecting the ends of the lateral body stripes; head with a somewhat elaborate stippled pattern; outer edge of ventrals dark, the area intensified at the posterior outer edges of the scales. Black dots on most of the supralabials, and smaller spots on mental and three first infralabials; 2 preoculars, the lower small; ventrals, 128; caudals, 78; four infralabials touch first chinshields [from TAYLOR 1949]. 
CommentKnown from only 12 specimens (Nicolas Vidal on Facebook, 23 Jan 2018)

Group: Rhadinaea decorata group 
EtymologyNamed after the collector, Marcella Newman. 
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  • Garcia, Efrain Hernandez;Quijano, Fernando Mendoza 1994. Rhadinaea marcellae (NCN). Mexico: Hidalgo. Herpetological Review 25 (1): 34 - get paper here
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  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A., Geoffrey R. Smith 2015. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Check List 11 (3): 1642 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • Nieto-Montes de Oca,A. & Mendelson III, J.R. 1997. Variation in Rhadinaea marcellae (Squamata: Colubridae), a poorly known species from the Sierra Madre Oriental of Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 31 (1): 124-127 - get paper here
  • Sánchez-García JC, Canseco-Márquez L, Pavón-Vázquez CJ, Cruzado-Cortés J, García-Vázquez UO 2019. New records and morphological variation of Rhadinaea marcellae Taylor, 1949 (Squamata, Colubridae) from Sierra Madre Oriental, México. Check List 15(5): 729-733 - get paper here
  • Taylor, E. H. 1950. Second contribution to the herpetology of San Luis Potosi. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (11): 441-457 - get paper here
  • Taylor,E.H. 1949. A preliminary account of the herpetology of the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (2): 169-215 - get paper here
  • Torres-Hernández, LA, Ramírez-Bautista A, Cruz-Elizalde R, Hernández-Salinas U, Berriozabal-Islas C, DeSantis DL, Johnson JD, Rocha A, García-Padilla E, Mata-Silva V, Fucsko LA, and Wilson LD. 2021. The herpetofauna of Veracruz, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 15(2) [General Section]: 72–155 - get paper here
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