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Tantilla coronata BAIRD & GIRARD, 1853

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Southeastern Crowned Snake
G: Gekrönte Schwarzkopfschlange 
SynonymTantilla coronata BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 131
Homalocranium wagneri JAN 1862
Homalocranion Wagneri — JAN 1866
Tantilla coronata — GARMAN 1884: 88
Tantilla coronata — WELLER 1930
Tantilla coronata mitrifer SCHWARTZ 1953
Tantilla coronata wagneri — BLANCHARD 1938
Tantilla coronata — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 219
Tantilla coronata — CROTHER 2000
Tantilla coronata — CROTHER et al. 2012
Tantilla coronata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 700 
DistributionUSA (SE Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, NW Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, W Kentucky, CS Virginia)

Type locality: Kemper Co., Mississippi, USA.

mitrifer: W North Carolina, E Tennessee, NW South Carolina  
TypesHolotype: USNM 1875
Holotype: NCSM 88836 (was: ChM 53.92.2 = Charleston Museum) [mitrifer] 
CommentT. c. mitrifer nor T. c. wagneri are listed by CROTHER and therefore considered as synonyms of T. coronata.

Type species: Tantilla coronata BAIRD & GIRARD 1853: 131 is the type species of the genus Tantilla BAIRD & GIRARD 1853. 
EtymologyThe generic name is a Latin word meaning "trifle or something small and insignificant." 
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