Tantilla ceboruca CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ, SMITH, PONCE-CAMPOS, FLORES-VILLELA & CAMPBELL, 2007
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Ceboruco Centipede Snake|
|Synonym||Tantilla ceboruca CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ, SMITH, PONCE-CAMPOS, FLORES-VILLELA & CAMPBELL 2007|
Tantilla ceboruca — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 27
Tantilla ceboruca — WALLACH et al. 2014: 700
|Distribution||Mexico (Nayarit: Sierra Madre Occidental, Jalisco)|
Elevation: 1,233–2,094 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)
Type locality: Volcán Ceboruco, Nayarit, Mexico. Carretera Jala-Cerro microhondas, 2,094 m elevation (21.13199°N, 104.50462°W).
|Types||Holotype: MZFC 17048 (field no. JAC 23559). An adult male from obtained by E. N. Smith, P. Ponce-Campos, and J. Malone on 17 July 2003, in pine-oak forest.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis. Tantilla ceboruca is a member of the calamarina group. It differs from T. calamarina in having two postoculars versus one, and by possessing a poorly defined lateral stripe versus one well defined in T. calamarina; furthermore, T. ceboruca differs from T. calamarina in having seven versus six supralabials; from T. sertula the new species differs in the head and body pattern—in T. ceboruca, each supralabial has a white border and the dorsum of the head is reticulated versus supralabials and dorsum of the head very dark. Tantilla ceboruca differs from Tantilla coronadoi in having the anterior and posterior temporals in contact versus separate; from Tantilla cascadae, the new species differs in having more supralabials (7 vs. 6). The new species can be differentiated from T. vermiformis in having more ventrals (138 vs. 115–123); from Tantilla deppei, the new species differs in having fewer ventrals and subcaudals in males (138 vs. 142–151 and 42 vs. 54–62, respectively).|
|Comment||Known from only 3 specimens (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2015)|
Habitat: fragmented pine-oak forest; the holotype was found under a rock.
|Etymology||The specific name is a noun in apposition and refers to the Volcán Ceboruco, the locality were the specimen was collected.|
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