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Tantilla calamarina COPE, 1866

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Pacific Coast Centipede Snake
S: Culebra Centipedívora 
SynonymTantilla calamarina COPE 1866: 320
Tantilla bimaculata COPE "1875" (1876): 143
Homalocranion bimaculatum — BOCOURT 1883: 580
Tantilla gracilis calamarina — GARMAN 1884: 87, 163
Homalocranium bimaculatum — GÜNTHER 1895: 154
Homalocranium calamarinum — BOULENGER 1896: 227
Tantilla martindelcampoi TAYLOR 1937: 347
Tantilla martindelcampoi — TAYLOR 1939
Tantilla calamaria — TAYLOR 1939 (in error)
Tantilla calamarina — ZWEIFEL 1959
Geophis gertschi BOGERT & PORTER 1966
Tantilla calamarina — LINER 1994
Tantilla calamarina — LINER 2007
Tantilla calamarina — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 23
Tantilla calamarina — WALLACH et al. 2014: 699 
DistributionMexico (Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán, Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla)

Elevation: 0-1677 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico (locality questioned by Peters, 1954 Zweifel 1959, and Wilson 1999; the latter suggested the state of Colima as the most likely source of the holotype).

martindelcampoi: Mexico (Guerrero); Type locality: Mexico: Near El Treinta, 1 mi N Organos, Guerrero; E. H. Taylor; June 28, 1932.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 6600, adult female
Holotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 25062 (4550) [martindelcampoi]
Holotype: USNM 6834 [Tantilla bimaculata] 
CommentGroup: The Tantilla calamarina group consists of T. calamarina, T. cascadae, T. coronadoi, T. deppei, T. sertula, T. vermiformis, and T. ceboruca. 
EtymologyThe name calamarina is derived from the Latin word “calamarius, meaning ‘a writing reed’ and the suffix –ina, used in forming feminine names, in reference to the slender habitus of this species” (Wilson, 1988a). 
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