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Thamnophis rossmani CONANT, 2000

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Rossman's Garter Snake
G: Rossmans Strumpfbandnatter
S: Jarretera de Rossman 
SynonymThamnophis rossmani CONANT 2000: 2
Thamnophis rossmani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 725 
DistributionMexico (Nayarit)

Type locality: open roadside ditch 1.4 km NW of the small settlement of San Cayetano, Nayarit, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: LSUM 30390 
DiagnosisDIAGNOSIS. A Thamnophis of moderate size characterized by three pale longitudinal stripes, the middorsal the most prominent and set off on both sides of the body by a continuous or nearly continuous narrow black line occupying the outer half of the paravertebral scales and part of the scales immediately below them. Also, a marked reduction in size of the paired dark spots in the areas between the stripes in comparison with other members of the Thamnophis eques complex with which Thamnophis rossmani is clearly allied. (Conant 2000) 
EtymologyNamed after Douglas Athon Rossman (1936-2015), American herpetologist. See Wilson & Boundy for an obituary. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Bourguignon, T. 2002. Strumpfbandnattern: Herkunft - Pflege - Arten. E. Ulmer Verlag, 125 pp.
  • Conant,R. 2000. A new species of garter snake from Western Mexico. Occ. Pap. Mus. Nat. Sci., Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, No. 76: 1-7 - get paper here
  • Hallmen, M. & Chlebowy, J. 2001. Strumpfbandnattern. Natur und Tier Verlag (Münster), 192 pp. - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Loc-Barragán JA, Smith GR, Woolrich-Piña GA, Lemos-Espinal JA 2024. An updated checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Nayarit, Mexico with conservation status and comparison with adjoining States. Herpetozoa 37: 25-42 - get paper here
  • Luja, Víctor H., Jesús Alberto López-Solís, and Omar Alexis Hernández López. 2016. Thamnophis rossmani Conant, 2000. Reproduction. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3(4): 1024–1026 - 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, Larry David and Jeff Boundy. 2015. Obituary: Douglas Athon Rossman 1936-2015: The gentle renaissance man of herpetology. Herpetological Review 46 (4): 716-719 - get paper here
  • 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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