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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: (Dekay’s) Brown Snake
dekayi: Northern Brown Snake
limnetes: Marsh Brown Snake
temporalineata:
texana: Texas Brown Snake
tropica:
wrightorum: Midland Brown Snake
G: Gewöhnliche Braunnatter, Nördliche Braunnatter 
SynonymColuber Dekayi HOLBROOK 1836: 121 (probably 1839)
Tropidonotus dekayi HOLBROOK 1842: 53
Tropidonatus [sic] Dekayi — HALLOWELL 1847: 280
Storeria dekayi — BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 135
Ischnognathus Dekayi — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 507
Storeria dekayi — GARMAN 1884: 31
Storeria tropica COPE 1885: 175 (fide VILLA et al. 1988)
Storeria dekayi var. anomala DUGÈS 1888: 9
Ischnognathus dekayi — BOULENGER 1893: 286
Storeria dekayi temporalineata TRAPIDO 1944
Storeria dekayi texana TRAPIDO 1944
Storeria dekayi tropica — TRAPIDO 1944
Storeria dekayi wrightorum TRAPIDO 1944
Storeria dekayi texana — TAYLOR 1949: 206
Storeria tropica — ANDERSON 1961
Storeria tropica temporalineata — ANDERSON 1961: 245
Storeria tropica limnetes ANDERSON 1961
Storeria dekayi — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 287
Storeria dekayi dekayi — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi limnetes — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi anomala — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi temporalineata — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi texana — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi tropica — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi dekayi — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 161
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 162
Storeria dekayi texana — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 162
Storeria dekayi limnetes — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 162
Storeria dekayi victa — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 163
Storeria dekayi — LINER 1994
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — CROTHER 2000
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 59
Storeria dekayi texana — CROTHER 2000
Storeria dekayi texana — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 61
Storeria dekayi dekayi — CROTHER 2000
Storeria dekayi limnetes — CROTHER 2000
Storeria dekayi limnetes — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 62
Storeria dekayi anomala — LINER 2007
Storeria dekayi temporalineata — LINER 2007
Storeria dekayi texana — LINER 2007
Storeria dekayi tropica — LINER 2007
Storeria dekayi texana — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi dekayi — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi limnetes — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — TÄUFER 2015
Storeria dekayi limnetes — TÄUFER 2015
Storeria dekayi wrightorum — CARLSON & PARKER 2016
Storeria dekayi — PYRON et al. 2016 
DistributionCanada (New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec)
E USA (S Minnesota, Iowa, SE Nebraska, C/E Kansas, Oklahoma, E Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, S New Hampshire, S Maine),
Mexico (incl. Chiapas, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Puebla, Hidalgo), Guatemala, Honduras (elevation 635-1900 m), Belize ?

Subspecies (not recognized anymore):

anomala: Veracruz; Type locality: Orizaba, Veracruz.

dekayi: S Canada (S Quebec), USA (North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, S Maine); Type locality: Massachusetts and New York.

limnetes: SE Texas, S Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida; Type locality: "Waggaman, a settlement south of Harahan, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana."

temporalineata: Tamaulipas, Veracruz etc.; Type locality: San Rafael, Jicaltepec, Veracruz.

texana: Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, north to Minnesota, Wisconsin etc; Type locality: Edge Falls, 4 miles south of Kendalia, Kendall County, Texas.

tropica: Guatemala; Type locality: Peten, Guatemala.

wrightorum: Florida, Wisconsin, Tennessee, etc.; Type locality: "Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee." Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
Reproductionviviparous. 
TypesSyntype: ANSP 5832, designated lectotype by Trapido (1944) and erroneously referred to as holotype by Malnate (1971); adult female, collector, and date unknown.
Holotype: Museum of Alfredo Duges, Univ. Guanajuato, Mexico [anomala]
Holotype: Tulane Univ. 11374, adult male, collected by H. Whitten, December 2, 1944 [limnetes]
Holotype: USNM 32148, adult female, collected by C. H. T. Townsend, July 2, 1896 [temporalineata]
Holotype: Cornell Univ. 3530, adult female, collected by A. J. Kim, June 16, 1942 [texana]
Holotype: USNM 6759, adult male, collected by H. Hague, date unknown [tropica]
Holotype: UMMZ [wrightorum] 
CommentType species: Tropidonotus dekayi HOLBROOK 1842 is the type species of the genus Storeria BAIRD & GIRARD 1853.

Subspecies: Storeria (dekayi) victa is now considered as a valid species, even though some authors (e.g. WALLACH et al. 2014: 676) list victa as synonym of dekayi. The presence of 15 dorsal scale rows in S. victa distinguishes it from S. dekayi, which has 17 (Ernst & Ernst, 2003). The presence of seven supralabials distinguishes victa from S. occipitomaculata, which has six (Trapido, 1944). Pyron et al. (2016) synonymized all other subspecies with dekayi, given their poor diagnosibility and genetic differentiation. See Christman 1982 for a map and diagnostic characters of all (previous) subspecies.

Nomenclature: Smith and Huheey (1961:347) petitioned the ICZN to use its plenary powers to preserve the generic names Regina Baird and Girard, 1853 and Storeria Baird and Girard, 1853, particularly since Storeria had been used for over 100 years as the name for the genus of the North American Brownsnakes. Responding to the petition, the ICZN (1962: 145) placed the two genera on the Official List of Generic Names in Zoology.

Diet: earthworms and other invertebrates

Distribution: see Christman 1982 for a map of all subspecies 
EtymologyThe name Storeria is a patronym honoring David Humphreys Storer (1804-1891), Massachusetts physician and naturalist and author of classic works on the fishes and reptiles of Massachusetts, resulting from his appointment in 1837 as a commissioner of the natural history survey of that state (Scudder 1892). The species is named after James Ellsworth DeKay (1792-1851). 
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