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Bogertophis rosaliae (MOCQUARD, 1899)

IUCN Red List - Bogertophis rosaliae - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Baja California Rat Snake
S: Ratonera de Baja California 
SynonymColuber rosaliae MOCQUARD 1899: 321
Elaphe rosaliae — STEJNEGER & BARBOUR 1917: 84
Elaphe rosaliae — SMITH & TAYLOR 1945: 60
Bogertophis rosaliae — DOWLING & PRICE 1988
Elaphe rosaliae — STEBBINS 1985: 244
Bogertophis rosaliae — LINER 1994
Elaphe rosaliae — SCHULZ 1996: 307
Bogertophis rosaliae — CROTHER 2000: 57
Bogertophis rosaliae — CROTHER et al. 2012
Bogertophis rosaliae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 100 
DistributionUSA (California) [Schulz 1996]
Mexico (Baja California Sur)

Type locality: Mexico: Baja California, Santa Rosalia (Mocquard, 1899)  
TypesType: Lost fide SMITH & TAYLOR 1945. 
CommentRODRÍGUEZ-ROBLES & JESUS-ESCOBAR (1999) found that Bogertophis and Arizona are paraphyletic genera but recommend further studies to resolve their relationship. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Crother, B. I. 2000. Scientific and standard English names of amphibians and reptiles of North America north of Mexico, with comments regarding confidence in our understanding. Herpetological Circular 29: 1-82
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Dowling, H.G. and R. M. Price 1988. A proposed new genus for Elaphe subocularis and Elaphe rosaliae. The Snake 20: 52-63
  • Goldberg, S. R. & Mahrdt, C. R. 2012. Bogertophis rosaliae (Baja California rat snake) reproduction. Herpetological Review 43: 655 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Kunz, K. 2015. Dauerbrenner im Terrarium: Nattern. Reptilia (Münster) 20 (115): 18-27 - get paper here
  • Murphy, R. W.; Ottley, J. R. 1984. Distribution of amphibians and reptiles on islands in the Gulf of California. Annals of the Carnegie Museum 53 (8): 207-230 - get paper here
  • Price R M 1990. Bogertophis rosaliae (Mocquard). Santa Rosalia snake. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 498: 1-3 - get paper here
  • RODRÍGUEZ-ROBLES, JAVIER A. & JOSE´ M. DE JESUS-ESCOBAR 1999. Molecular systematics of New World lampropeltinine snakes (Colubridae): implications for biogeography and evolution of food habits. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 68: 355–385 - get paper here
  • Schulz, K. D. 1996. Eine Monographie der Schlangengattung Elaphe Fitzinger. Bushmaster, Berg (CH): 1-460
  • Schulz, Klaus-Dieter 1996. A monograph of the colubrid snakes of the genus Elaphe Fitzinger. Koeltz Scientific Books, 439 pp.
  • Stebbins,R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston
  • 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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