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Tantilla deppei (BOCOURT, 1883)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Deppe's Centipede Snake
S: Culebra Centipedívora de Deppe 
SynonymHomalocranion deppei BOCOURT 1883: 584
Tantilla deppei — COPE 1887: 83
Homalocranium deppei — GÜNTHER 1895: 151
Tantilla deppei — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Tantilla deppei — LINER 1994
Tantilla deppei — LINER 2007
Tantilla deppei — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 32
Tantilla deppii — WALLACH et al. 2014: 701 
DistributionMexico (N Morelos, NW Oaxaca, México, Guerrero)

Elevation: 1,524–2,438 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: "Mexico," restricted to vicinity of Huitzilac, Morelos, Mexico, by Davis and Smith (1953).  
TypesLectotype: MNHN-RA 0054 (fide Ivan Ineich, pers. comm. 21 Dec 2013), adult male, collected by M. Ghiesbreght, date of collection unknown( designated by Wilson & Meyer 1981) 
CommentDistribution: for a map with localities of the calamarina group see Palacios-Aguilar et al. 2022: 125 (Fig. 3). 
EtymologyNamed after one of the collectors, Ferdinand Deppe (1794–1861), a German naturalist. 
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  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of the State of Mexico, Mexico with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 953: 137-159 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the herpetofauna of Morelos, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 941: 121-144 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • MORALES-POSADA, O., E. GARCIA-PADILLA, L. D. WILSON, AND V. MATA-SILVA 2020. Geographic Distribution: Tantilla deppei (Deppe’s Centipede Snake). Mexico: Oaxaca. Herpetological Review 51: 276.
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  • Palacios-Aguilar, R., Fucsko, L. A., Jiménez-Arcos, V. H., Wilson, L. D., & Mata-Silva, V. 2022. Out of the Past: A new species of Tantilla of the calamarina group (Squamata: Colubridae) from southeastern coastal Guerrero, Mexico, with comments on relationships within members of the group. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, 16(2): 120-132 - get paper here
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  • Wilson L D; Meyer J R 1981. Systematics of the Calamarina group of the colubrid snake genus Tantilla. Milwaukee Public Museum Contributions in Biology and Geology (No. 42): 1-25 - get paper here
  • 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, Larry David and Vicente Mata-Silva. 2014. Snakes of the genus Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) in Mexico: taxonomy, distribution, and Conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (1): 5-95 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D. & Campbell,J.A. 2000. A new species of the Calamarina group of the colubrid snake genus Tantilla (Reptilia: Squamata) from Guerrero, Mexico, with a review of and key to members of the group. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 113 (3): 820-827 - get paper here
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