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Masticophis barbouri (VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN, 1921)

IUCN Red List - Masticophis barbouri - Data Deficient, DD

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Baja California Striped Whip Snake
S: Látigo de Isla Espiritu Santo 
SynonymColuber barbouri VAN DENBURGH & SLEVIN 1921
Masticophis barbouri — ORTENBURGER 1923
Masticophis barbouri — SMITH & TAYLOR 1945
Masticophis barbouri — CLIFF 1954
Masticophis barbouri — STEBBINS 1985: 244
Masticophis aurigulus barbouri — GRISMER 1990
Masticophis barbouri — GRISMER 1999
Masticophis barbouri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 417
Masticophis barbouri — JOHNSON et al. 2017
Masticophis barbouri — MYERS et al. 2017 
DistributionMexico (Islas Espirítu Santo and Partida Sur off the east coast of La Paz)

Type locality: Isla Partida, Espiritu Santo Island, Baja California, Mexico.  
TypesHolotype: CAS 49157 
CommentGRISMER 1999 elevated barbouri to full (evolutionary) species status.

The species has been preliminarily assigned to Coluber following the synonymization of Masticophis with Coluber by Utiger et al. (2005). 
EtymologyNamed after Thomas Barbour (1884-1946), Associate Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians (1923), and, later, Director (1927) of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. 
  • 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 L 1990. Masticophis aurigulus (Cope). Baja California striped whipsnake. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 499: 1-2 - 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
  • Loveridge, Arthur 1946. Thomas Barbour, Herpetologist: 1884-1946. Herpetologica 3 (2): 33-39 - get paper here
  • Myers, Edward A.; Jamie L. Burgoon, Julie M. Ray, Juan E. Martínez-Gómez, Noemí Matías- Ferrer, Daniel G. Mulcahy, and Frank T. Burbrink 2017. Coalescent Species Tree Inference of Coluber and Masticophis. Copeia 105 (4): 642-650 - get paper here
  • Ortenburger, A.I. 1923. A note on the genera Coluber and Masticophis and a description of a new species of Masticophis. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology University of Michigan, No. 139: 1-14 - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. & Taylor, Edward H. 1945. An annotated checklist and key to the snakes of Mexico. Bull. US Natl. Mus. (187): iv + 1-239 - get paper here
  • Stebbins,R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, Boston
  • Van Denburgh, J.; Slevin, J. R. 1921. Preliminary diagnoses of new species of the peninsula of Lower California, with notes on the species in the collection of the Academy. Proc. Cal. Acad. Sci. (4) 11: 95-98 - 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.
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