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Rhadinella stadelmani (STUART & BAILEY, 1941)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Stadelman's Pine Woods Snake 
SynonymRhadinaea stadelmani STUART & BAILEY 1941
Rhadinaea stadelmani — STUART 1963 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Rhadinaea stadelmani — MENDELSON & KIZIRIAN 1995
Rhadinaea stadelmani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 629
Rhadinella stadelmani — GARCÍA-VÁZQUEZ et al. 2018 
DistributionNW Guatemala

Type locality: Todos Santos, Huehuetenango, Guatemala, 2438 m (8000 ft.) elevation.  
TypesHolotype: UMMZ 89078 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (stadelmani): Dorsal scale rows 19, ventrals 179-191 in females, dark brown or black stripe on scale row six, seven, or eight usually present; all surfaces of hemipenial base spinose, 12-16 maxillary teeth [MENDELSON & KIZIRIAN 1995]. 
CommentSynonymy: Myers 1974 synonymized R. stadelmani with R. hempsteadae. He justified this with the observation that the holotype of hempsteadae is an adult male whereas the name Rhadinaea stadelmani is based on a juvenile female. MENDELSON & KIZIRIAN 1995 resurrected stadelmani for populations in the Sierrade los Cuchumatanes and Montafiasde Cuilco, in northwestern Guatemala. MYERS 2011 still doesn’t list stadelmani in his list of Rhadinella, so it’s status is still a bit unclear.

Similar species: Rhadinella hempsteadae. 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the types, Raymond Stadelman. For biographical notes see Brown 2021. 
  • BURGER, R. MICHAEL 2021. The Herpetological Contributions of the Neotropical Collector, Raymond Edward Stadelman. Herpetological Review 52 (2): 320–324
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Mendelson, J.R. & D.A. Kizirian 1995. Geographic variation in Rhadinaea hempsteadae (Serpentes: Colubridae) with the description of a new species from Chiapas, Mexico. Herpetologica 51 (3): 301-313. - get paper here
  • Myers, C.W. 1974. The systematics of Rhadinaea (Colubridae), a genus of New World snakes. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 153 (1): 1-262 - get paper here
  • Myers, Charles W. 2011. A New Genus and New Tribe for Enicognathus melanauchen Jan, 1863, a Neglected South American Snake (Colubridae: Xenodontinae), with Taxonomic Notes on Some Dipsadinae. American Museum Novitates (3715): 1-33 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L. C. & Bailey, Joseph R. 1941. Three new species of the genus Rhadinaea from Guatemala. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan (442): 1-11 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
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