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Lampropeltis catalinensis VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN, 1921

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Lampropeltini, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Santa Catalina Kingsnake
G: Santa Catalina Königsnatter 
SynonymLampropeltis catalinensis VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921
Lampropeltis catalinensis — CLIFF 1954
Lampropeltis getulus catalinensis — MURPHY & OTTLEY 1984
Lampropeltis catalinensis — GRISMER 1999
Lampropeltis catalinensis — HEIMES 2016: 85
Lampropeltis catalinensis — JOHNSON et al. 2017
Lampropeltis catalinae — GONZÁLEZ-SÁNCHEZ et al. 2023 (in error) 
DistributionMexico: Baja California: Isla Santa Catalina).

Type locality: “Santa Catalina Isla, Gulf of California, Mexico”.  
Reproductionoviparous. KREUTZ (2005) reports hybrids between Elaphe (= Pantherophis) guttata and Lampropeltis getulus californiae, between E. (P.) guttata and L. pyromelana, between E. (P.) guttata and L. triangulum sinaloae/nelsoni, and between E. (P.) guttata and L. zonata! 
TypesHolotype: CAS 50514, given as CAS 50515 by González-Sánchez et al. 2023: 18 
CommentSubspecies: GRISMER 1999 elevated Lampropeltis getulus catalinensis to full (evolutionary) species status although there is only one specimen (and thus no variation) known. The subspecies is not listed in LINER 1994. 
EtymologySpecific epithet refers to the type locality. 
  • Cliff, Frank S. 1954. Snakes of the islands in the Gulf of California, Mexico. Transactions of the San Diego Society of Natural History 12 (5): 67-98 - get paper here
  • Grismer, L. Lee. 1999. An evolutionary classification of reptiles on islands in the Gulf of California, México. Herpetologica 55 (4): 446-469 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Johnson, J. D., L. D. Wilson, V. Mata-Silva, E. García-Padilla, and D. L. DeSantis. 2017. The endemic herpetofauna of Mexico: organisms of global significance in severe peril. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 544–620 - 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
  • Peralta-García A, Valdez-Villavicencio JH, Fucsko LA, Hollingsworth BD, Johnson JD, Mata-Silva V, Rocha A, DeSantis DL, Porras LW, and Wilson LD. 2023. The herpetofauna of the Baja California Peninsula and its adjacent islands, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 17(1&2): 57–142
  • Van Denburgh, J.; Slevin, J. R. 1921. Preliminary diagnoses of more new species of reptiles from islands in the gulf of California, Mexico. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 11 (17): 395-398 - get paper here
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