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Thamnophis copei DUGÈS, 1879

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Cope's Mountain Meadow Snake
S: Pradera de Cope 
SynonymAdelophis copei DUGÈS in COPE 1879: 265
Storeria copei — GARMAN 1884: 31
Adelophis copei — DUNN 1931
Adelophis copei — TAYLOR 1942
Adelophis copei — ROSSMAN & BLANEY 1968
Adelophis copei — ROSSMAN & WALLACH 1987
Adelophis copei — LINER 1994
Adelophis copei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 8
Thamnophis copei — HALLAS et al. 2021 
DistributionMexico (Guanajuato, Jalisco, Morelos)

Type locality: Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Mexico.  
TypesNeotype: MDUG (Mus. Alfredo Duges, Univ. Guanajuato, Mexico, fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1945). Original lost (skull only said to be extant). 
CommentType species: Adelophis copei DUGÈS in COPE 1879 is the type species of the genus Adelophis DUGÈS in COPE 1879.

Phylogenetics: Hallas et al. 2021 found that Adelophis nests within Thamnophis, hence these authors suggested to synonymize the two genera.

Not listed in Liner 2007. 
EtymologyNamed after Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897), American herpetologist. See Osborn 1929 and Vetter 2003 for biographical notes.

The genus name Adelophis is derived from the Greek adelos meaning "uncertain, obscure" and ophis meaning "snake"; it refers to Duges' uncertainty as to the taxonomic affinities of this genus. 
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  • Castro-Franco, Rubén, María Guasalupe Bustos-Zagal 1994. List of reptiles of Morelos, Mexico, and their distribution in relation to vegetation types. Southwestern Naturalist 39 (2): 171-175 - get paper here
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  • Dunn, E. R. 1931. Some Central American snake genera. Copeia 1931 (4): 163 - get paper here
  • FLORES-VILLELA, OSCAR; CÉSAR A. RÍOS-MUÑOZ, GLORIA E. MAGAÑA-COTA & NÉSTOR L. QUEZADAS-TAPIA 2016. Alfredo Dugès’ type specimens of amphibians and reptiles revisited. Zootaxa 4092 (1): 033–054 - get paper here
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  • 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
  • Leyte-Manrique A, Mata-Silva V, Báez-Montes O, Fucsko LA, DeSantis DL, García-Padilla E, Rocha A, Johnson JD, Porras LW, Wilson LD. 2022. The herpetofauna of Guanajuato, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 16(2) [General Section: 133–180 (e321) - get paper here
  • Osborn, H. F. 1929. Biographical memoir of Edward Drinker Cope 1840-1897. National Academy of Sciences 13: 127-317 (1930?)
  • Rossman D A; Wallach V 1987. Adelophis Duges. Mountain meadow snakes. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 408: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1942. Mexican snakes of the genera Adelophis and Storeria. Herpetologica 2 (4): 75-79 - get paper here
  • Vetter, H. 2003. Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897). Sekretär 3 (2): 21-30 - 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.
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