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Thamnophis pulchrilatus (COPE, 1885)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Yellow-throated gartersnake 
SynonymEutaenia pulchrilatus COPE 1885: 174
Thamnophis cyrtopsis pulchrilatus — WEBB 1984
Thamnophis pulchrilatus — ROSSMAN et al. 1996: 232
Thamnophis pulchrilatus – LINER 2007
Thamnophis pulchrilatus – DIXON & LEMOS-ESPINAL 2010
Thamnophis pulchrilatus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 724 
DistributionMexico (Quéretaro, Durango, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Nayarit, Hidalgo, Oaxaca, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Puebla, Aguascalientes)

Type locality: “locality uncertain, but probably Guanajuato”.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 9899 (A. Dugès). 
CommentSynonymy: This species was variously considered as a species or as a synonym of T. cyrtopsis or eques

Distribution: spotty distribution in Mexico. See map 20 in Rossman 1996: 233. Erroneously not listed for Oaxaca by MATA-SILVA et al. 2015.

Sympatry: Rossman (1992, ASIH meeting abstract, cited in Rossman et al. 1996: 234) demonstrated that pulchrilatus occurs either sympatrically or parapatrically with T. c. cyrtopsis in Durango and Tamaulipas, and with T. c. collaris in Jalisco, Nayarit, Oaxaca, and Queretaro (in addition to Guanajuato and Michoacan), without intergrading with either subspecies of T. cyrtopsis, consequently, he raised T. pulchrilatus to species status. 
  • Carbajal-Márquez, Rubén A. and Gustavo E. Quintero-Díaz 2016. The Herpetofauna of Aguascalientes, México. Revista Mexicana de Herpetología 2(1):
  • Carbajal-Márquez, Rubén A., Zaira Y. González-Saucedo and Gustavo E. Quintero-Díaz. 2014. Thamnophis pulchrilatus (yellow-throated gartersnake) diet and defensive behavior. Herpetological Review 45 (2): 344-345 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1885. Twelfth contribution to the herpetology of tropical America. Proc. Amer. Philos. Soc. 22: 167-194 [1884] - get paper here
  • Dixon, James R. and Julio A. Lemos-Espinal 2010. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Queretaro, Mexico. Tlalnepantla UNAM, 428 pp.
  • Fernández-Badillo, L., J. L. Jiménez-Villegas, G. T. González-Bonilla, N. Morales-Capellán, A. H. Tepango-Benítez, M. B. Ramírez-Cruz, and D. A. Hernández-Silva. 2017. Thamnophis pulchrilatus (Cope, 1885). Mexico, Hidalgo. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 966–967 - get paper here
  • Fernández-Badillo, Leonardo, Cristián R. Olvera-Olvera, Sharon Y. Valdez-Rentería, Ferdinand Torres-Ángeles and Irene Goyenechea. 2016. New records of Thamnophis pulchrilatus (Squamata: Natricidae) from the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 519-523 - get paper here
  • Fraustros-Sandoval, Armando de Jesús; Aldo Dávalos-Martínez, Verónica Carolina Rosas-Espinoza, Ana Luisa Santiago-Pérez, Paulino Ponce-Campos, Eliezer Iñiguez-Ochoa 2019. First record of the predation on Bell's False Brook Salamander Isthmura belli (Gray, 1850) by the Yellow-throated Gartersnake Thamnophis pulchrilatus (Cope, 1885) in Western Mexico. Herpetology Notes 12: 721-723 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Cruz A 2016. Amphibians and Reptiles of the state of Nuevo León, Mexico. ZooKeys 594: 123-141, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.594.8289 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Gadsden-Esparza H, Valdez-Lares R, Woolrich-Piña GA 2018. Amphibians and reptiles of the state of Durango, Mexico, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 748: 65-87 - 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
  • Nevárez-de-los-Reyes, Manuel, David Lazcano, Elí García-Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The Herpetofauna of Nuevo León, Mexico: Composition, Distribution, and Conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (3): 558–638 - get paper here
  • Rossman, Douglas A.; Ford, Neil B. & Seigel, Richard A. 1996. The Garter Snakes: Evolution and Ecology. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, xx + 332 + pp.
  • Terán-Juárez, Sergio A., Elí García Padilla, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Tamaulipas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (1): 43–113 - get paper here
  • Valdez-Lares, R.; R. Muñiz-Martínez; E.Gadsden; G. Aguirre-León; G. Castañeda-Gaytán; R. Gonzalez-Trápaga 2013. Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of the state of Durango, México. Check List 9 (4):714-724 - 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.
  • Webb, R.G. 1984. Herpetogeography in the Mazatlán-Durango Region of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico. Vetrebrate Ecology and Systematics - A ribute to Henry S. Fitch; Museum of Natural History, University of Kansas, Lawrence, pp. 217-241
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson. 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884
  • Woolrich-Piña, Guillermo A, Paulino Ponce-Campos, Jesús Loc-Barragán, Juan Pablo Ramírez-Silva, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson, Elí García-Padilla and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Nayarit, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 376-448 - get paper here
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