Tantilla hendersoni STAFFORD, 2004
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tantilla hendersoni?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||Peten Centipede Snake|
|Synonym||Tantilla hendersoni STAFFORD 2004|
Tantilla hendersoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 701
Type locality: 0.5 km east of Las Cuevas on trail to Monkey Tail River, Cayo District, elevation 580 m.
|Types||Holotype: BMNH 2002.3|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis: A species of the T. taeniata group that may be distinguished from all other members of the genus by having (1) a dark gray-brown, almost black ground color; (2) a pale nape band that is complete medially; (3) a middorsal|
stripe confined to the vertebral scale row and extending to the distal portion of the tail; (4) narrow pale lateral stripes occupying adjacent thirds of scale rows 3 and 4 that extend to the tip of the tail; (5) the lower third of the paraventral scale row mostly unpigmented; (6) dark mottling on the lateral edges of the ventrals; and (7) 153 ventrals and 64 subcaudals (excluding terminal spine) in the single known female.
|Comment||Similar species: T. impensa and T. taeniata.|
Synonymy: The specific status of this taxon is in doubt. Stafford et al. (2010: 385) stated that “in light of photographs we recently examined of a second, larger specimen from the same locality (ca. 350 mm) ... we suspect that BMNH 2002.3 probably represents a juvenile T. impensa Campbell (1998), and that differences between these two species (size, color pattern features, and ventral scale numbers) are attributable to a combination of geographic and ontogenetic variation. As and when additional material becomes available, we expect T. hendersoni to be relegated to the synonymy of T. impensa.” (cited in WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2015: 439).
|Etymology||Named after R.W. Henderson, Curator of herpetology at the milwaukee Public Museum.|