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Tantilla brevicauda MERTENS, 1952

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mertens' Centipede Snake 
SynonymTantilla brevicauda MERTENS 1952: 137
Tantilla brevicauda — WILSON 1988
Tantilla brevicauda — WILSON 1999
Tantilla brevicauda — WALLACH et al. 2014: 699 
DistributionEl Salvador, SC Guatemala, elevation 1200-1800 m

Type locality: EI Grito, Finca Los Angeles, Cumbre de Jayaque, 1510 m elevation, Depto. La Libertad, EI Salvador.  
TypesHolotype: SMF 43243, female, collected 12 November 1951 by A. Zilch. 
CommentTantilla brevicauda has been previously synonymized with Tantillita canula (e.g. by WILSON 1986). 
EtymologyNamed after Latin “brevis, -e” = short and “cauda, -ae” = tail. 
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Mertens, R. 1952. Die Amphibien und Reptilien von El Salvador. Abh. senckenb. naturf. Ges. (Frankfurt) (No. 487): 120 pp.
  • Mertens,R. 1952. Weitere neue Reptilien aus El Salvador. Zool. Anz. 149: 133-138
  • Townsend, Josiah H.; Larry David Wilson, Melissa Medina-Flores, and Luis A. Herrera-B. 2013. A New Species of Centipede Snake in the Tantilla taeniata Group (Squamata: Colubridae) from Premontane Rainforest in Refugio De Vida Silvestre Texíguat, Honduras. Journal of Herpetology Mar 2013, Vol. 47, No. 1: 191-200. - 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.
  • Wilson L D 1988. Tantilla brevicauda Mertens. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 432: 1 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L. D. 1986. The status of the name Homalocranium breve Günther, 1895. Southwestern Naturalist 31 (2): 243-444 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. 1999. Checklist and key to the species of the genus Tantilla (Serpentes: Colubridae), with some commentary on distribution. Smithsonian Herp. Inf. Serv. (122): 1-34 - get paper here
  • Wilson, Larry David 1970. Tantilla brevicauda: an addition to the snake fauna of Guatemala, with comments on its relationships. Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences 69 (2): 118-120
  • Wilson, Larry David and Vicente Mata-Silva 2015. A checklist and key to the snakes of the Tantilla clade (Squamata: Colubridae), with comments on distribution and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (4): 418 - get paper here
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