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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ceboruco Centipede Snake 
Tantilla ceboruca — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 27
Tantilla ceboruca — WALLACH et al. 2014: 700 
DistributionMexico (Nayarit: Sierra Madre Occidental, Jalisco)

Elevation: 1,233–2,094 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Volcán Ceboruco, Nayarit, Mexico. Carretera Jala-Cerro microhondas, 2,094 m elevation (21.13199°N, 104.50462°W).  
TypesHolotype: MZFC 17048 (field no. JAC 23559). An adult male from obtained by E. N. Smith, P. Ponce-Campos, and J. Malone on 17 July 2003, in pine-oak forest. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. Tantilla ceboruca is a member of the calamarina group. It differs from T. calamarina in having two postoculars versus one, and by possessing a poorly defined lateral stripe versus one well defined in T. calamarina; furthermore, T. ceboruca differs from T. calamarina in having seven versus six supralabials; from T. sertula the new species differs in the head and body pattern—in T. ceboruca, each supralabial has a white border and the dorsum of the head is reticulated versus supralabials and dorsum of the head very dark. Tantilla ceboruca differs from Tantilla coronadoi in having the anterior and posterior temporals in contact versus separate; from Tantilla cascadae, the new species differs in having more supralabials (7 vs. 6). The new species can be differentiated from T. vermiformis in having more ventrals (138 vs. 115–123); from Tantilla deppei, the new species differs in having fewer ventrals and subcaudals in males (138 vs. 142–151 and 42 vs. 54–62, respectively).
CommentKnown from only 3 specimens (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2015)

Habitat: fragmented pine-oak forest; the holotype was found under a rock. 
EtymologyThe specific name is a noun in apposition and refers to the Volcán Ceboruco, the locality were the specimen was collected. 
  • Canseco-Márquez, L.; Eric N. Smith, P. Ponce-Campos, O. Flores-Villela, Jonathan A. Campbell 2007. A New Species of Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) of the Calamarina Group from Volcán Ceboruco, Nayarit, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 41 (2): 220-224 - get paper here
  • Cruz-Sáenz, Daniel; Francisco Javier Muñoz-Nolasco, David Lazcano and Edgar Flores-Covarrubias 2015. Noteworthy records for Tantilla cascadae and T. ceboruca (Squamata: Colubridae) from Jalisco, Mexico. Check List 11 (4): 1708, doi: - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR, Pierce LJS, Painter CW 2020. The amphibians and reptiles of Colima, Mexico, with a summary of their conservation status. ZooKeys 927: 99-125 - 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, 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
  • Wilson, Larry David and Vicente Mata-Silva. 2014. Snakes of the genus Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) in Mexico: taxonomy, distribution, and Conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (1): 5-95 - get paper here
  • Woolrich-Piña, Guillermo A, Paulino Ponce-Campos, Jesús Loc-Barragán, Juan Pablo Ramírez-Silva, Vicente Mata-Silva, Jerry D. Johnson, Elí García-Padilla and Larry David Wilson. 2016. The herpetofauna of Nayarit, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (2): 376-448 - get paper here
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