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Tantilla shawi TAYLOR, 1949

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesPotosí Centipede Snake 
SynonymTantilla shawi TAYLOR 1949: 207
Tantilla shawi — LINER 1994
Tantilla shawi — LINER 2007
Tantilla shawi — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 53
Tantilla shawi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 705 
DistributionMexico (San Luis Potosí, NW Veracruz, Sierra Madre oriental)

Type locality: Xilitla (Miramar), San Luis Potosí, Mexico, elevation ca. 1372 m.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: LSUMZ 306, Louisiana State University Museum. Collected Aug. 28, 1947, by Charles Shaw. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: A tantilla characterized by seven supralabials, six infralabials, the chinshields separated from the mental; ventrals, 169; subcaudals, 48; anal divided
Tip of snout black, bordered by a cream band that is followed by a broad black area reaching to the back part of parietals; cream spot behind eye extending from frontal to labials ; an occipital cream band one scale wide, followed by a broad nuchal black band four scales wide. Anterior fourth of body banded with narrow cream and wider black bands [from TAYLOR 1949]. 
Comment 
EtymologyNamed after the collector of the type, Charles Shaw. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Campbell J A. Camarillo R J L. Ustach P C. 1995. Redescription and rediagnosis of Tantilla shawi (Serpentes: Colubridae) from the Sierra Madre oriental of Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 40 (1):120-123. - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Lemos-Espinal, Julio A. and James R. Dixon 2013. Amphibians and Reptiles of San Luis Potosí. Eagle Mountain Publishing, xii + 300 pp.
  • 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
  • Taylor,E.H. 1949. A preliminary account of the herpetology of the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 33 (2): 169-215 - 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 1991. Tantilla shawi (Taylor). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 528: 1 - 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 ondistribution 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
 
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