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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesBogertophis subocularis amplinotus WEBB 1990
Bogertophis subocularis subocularis (BROWN 1901) 
Common NamesE: subocularis: Trans-Pecos Rat Snake
G: Transpecos-Kletternatter, Transpecos-Rattennatter
S: Ratonera de Trans-Pecos 
SynonymColuber subocularis BROWN 1901: 492
Elaphe subocularis — STEJNEGER & BARBOUR 1917: 84
Elaphe sclerotica SMITH 1941 (nom. subst.)
Elaphe subocularis — REYNOLDS & SCOTT 1977
Elaphe subocularis — WORTHINGTON 1981
Elaphe subocularis — NIEDERHAUSER 1984
Elaphe subocularis — STEBBINS 1985: 186
Elaphe subocularis — TANNER 1985: 630
Bogertophis subocularis — DOWLING & PRICE 1988
Bogertophis subocularis — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 200
Bogertophis subocularis — LINER 1994
Bogertophis subocularis — CROTHER 2000: 57
Bogertophis subocularis — CROTHER et al. 2012
Bogertophis subocularis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 100

Bogertophis subocularis amplinotus WEBB 1990
Elaphe subocularis amplinotus WEBB 1990

Bogertophis subocularis subocularis (BROWN 1901)
Coluber subocularis BROWN 1901
Bogertophis subocularis subocularis — CROTHER 2000: 57 
DistributionUSA (S New Mexico, W Texas),
Mexico (NE Chihuahua, Coahuila, NE Durango, Nuevo León)

amplinotus: Mexico (Durango); Type locality: Mexico: 90.5 mi N of City of Durango, Durango; R. Arndt and W. Sherbrooke; June 26, 1963.

subocularis: W Texas, New Mexico, Mexico (Coahuila)

Type locality: USA: Texas, Jeff Davis County, Davis Mountains, 50 miles s-w from Pecos (Brown, 1901)  
TypesType. ANSP 13733
Holotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 62817 [amplinotus] 
CommentSubspecies: Webb 1990 also described intergrades between subocularis and amplinotus from Coahuila and adjacent Nuevo Leon. B. s. amplinotus has been named for its larger body blotches as opposed to subocularis (Latin amplio = enlarge, expand; nota = mark).

Type species: Coluber subocularis BROWN 1901: 492 is the type species of the genus Bogertophis DOWLING & PRICE 1988.

Phylogenetics: see Dahn et al. 2018 for a phylogeny of Lampropeltini. 
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