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Tantilla albiceps BARBOUR, 1925

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Barbour's Centipede Snake 
SynonymTantilla albiceps BARBOUR 1925
Tantilla albiceps — WILSON 1985
Tantilla albiceps — JOSEPH-OUNI 2007
Tantilla albiceps — WALLACH et al. 2014: 698 
DistributionPanama (Gatun Lake, Canal Zone)

Type locality: Barra Colorado Island, Gatun Lake, Canal Zone, Panama.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 20600 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A species of Tantilla with a uniform olive slate dorsum grading on the sides of the body to ivory white on the venter. The head and nape are ivory white, except for a dusky-colored ring around the eye" (Wilson, 1982). Ventral and subcaudal counts are 183 and 65 +, respectively. Tantilla albiceps may be distinguished from all congeners by possession of an ivory white head and nape and a uniform olive slate dorsum (Wilson 1985). 
CommentConservation: Probably extinct fide JOSEPH-OUNI (2007). This species is known from a single specimen, the holotype (WILSON 1999, Wilson & Mata-Silva 2015).

Illustrations: Wilson (1982) published black and white photographs of lateral and dorsal views of the head and anterior body of the holotype. No other illustrations exist (Wilson 1985). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “albus, -a, -um” = white and the abbreviated term “-ceps” for “caput” = head. 
  • Barbour, T. 1925. A new frog and a new snake from Panama. Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 5: 155-156 - get paper here
  • Joseph-Ouni, Mehdi. 2007. Profiles of Extinction #25 Panama White-Headed Snake Tantilla albiceps. Reptilia (GB) (51): 85 - get paper here
  • Ray, Julie M. and Patty Ruback 2015. Updated checklists of snakes for the provinces of Panamá and Panamá Oeste, Republic of Panama. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (2): 168-188 - 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.
  • Wilson, L.D. 1999. Checklist and key to the species of the genus Tantilla (Serpentes: Colubridae), with some commentary on distribution. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (122): 1-34 - get paper here
  • Wilson, Larry David and Vicente Mata-Silva 2015. A checklist and key to the snakes of the Tantilla clade (Squamata: Colubridae), with comments on distribution and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (4): 418 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D. 1982. A Review of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of Central America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. (52): 1-77 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D. 1985. Tantilla albiceps. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 377: 1. - get paper here
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