Storeria victa (HAY, 1892)
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae (Natricinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Florida Brown Snake|
|Synonym||Storeria victa HAY 1892|
Storeria dekayi victa — NEILL 1950: 155
Storeria victa — CHRISTMAN 1980
Storeria dekayi victa — CHRISTMAN 1982
Storeria dekayi victa — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 58
Storeria victa — CROTHER 2000
Storeria victa — CROTHER et al. 2012
Storeria dekayi victa — TÄUFER 2015
Storeria victa — PYRON et al. 2016
Type locality: "Banks of the Oklawaha River, Florida."
|Types||Holotype: lost (fide CHRISTMAN 1982)|
|Diagnosis||DIAGNOSIS. The only subspecies with 15 scale rows (Christman 1982).|
Color: Storeria victa, unlike other brown snakes, has 15 midbody scale rows of dorsal scales. Most individuals are faintly speckled cinnamon to blue-gray above. There is an indistinct light-colored vertebral stripe bordered by a row of dark spots or smudges, while a wide pale band crosses the rear of the head, followed by a darker band across the nape. Directly below the eye is a pronounced brown spot. The tan or pinkish venter is unmarked except for black dots along its outer edges and the 15 midbody rows of dorsal scales are strongly keeled (Tennant & Bartlett 2000).
|Comment||This species was discovered and described in the stomach of a Micrurus fulvius from Florida.|
Similar species: Storeria dekayi wrightorum
|Etymology||Named after James Ellsworth DeKay (1792-1851)|
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