Tantilla gottei MCCRANIE & SMITH, 2017
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Tantilla gottei?
|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Synonym||Tantilla gottei MCCRANIE & SMITH 2017|
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON & MEYER 1971: 32, in part
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON 1982: 56, in part
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON & MEYER 1982: 109, in part
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON & MEYER 1985: 103, in part
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON & MCCRANIE 1999: 328, in part
Tantilla taeniata — MCCRANIE 2011a: 227, in part
Tantilla taeniata — MCCRANIE 2011b: 44, in part
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2015: 457, in part
Tantilla gottei — ANTÚNEZ-FONSECA et al. 2020
|Distribution||Honduras (Francisco Morazán), elevation 500–1280 m|
Type locality: El Picacho (14°07’N, 87°11’W), a zoological park located near Tegucigalpa, 1280 m elevation, department of Francisco Morazán, Honduras
|Types||Holotype: ROM 19996, an adult female, collected 12 December 1986 by Jorge Porras. Paratypes (n = 4). UNAH 5394, an adult male from Galeras (13°55’N, 86°59’W) about 5 km north of Güinope, 860 m elevation, El Paraíso, Honduras; MCZ R49886, a juvenile male from El Zamorano (14°00’N, 87°01’W), 800 m elevation, Francisco Morazán, Honduras; UNAH 3903, 4833, a subadult male and an adult male, respectively, from Tegucigalpa (centered at about 14°06’N, 87°12’W), 930–1000 m elevation, Francisco Morazán, Honduras.|
|Diagnosis||Diagnosis.—Tantilla gottei is defined by the following combination of characters: (1) middorsal stripe pale cream (in preservative), extending length of body and most of tail, on vertebral row and adjacent third of paravertebral rows; (2) pale cream (in preservative) lateral stripe occupying adjacent third of scale row 3 and lower three-quarters of scale row 4; (3) ventrolateral area white as is that of lateral stripe (in preservative); (4) lower two-thirds of scale row 1 colored similarly to that of ventrals; (5) lateral edges of ventrals white, except some dark spots present (in preservative); (6) ventral and subcaudal surfaces yellow (in life) and white (in preservative); (7) female with 147 ventrals, male ventrals 142–158, subcaudals 70 in female, 62–67 in males; (8) female tail length 26% of total length, 24–26% in males.|
Tantilla gottei most closely resembles T. taeniata in having low numbers of ventral scales, but differs in having yellow ventral surfaces in life, and by having a pale brown internasal crossbar that is confluent with the pale lateral spot anterior to the eye, (vs. ventral surfaces pale purplish pink grading to darker salmon color on posterior two-thirds of body and tail in life, and in lacking a internasal crossbar).
Tantilla gottei differs from T. impensa, T. olympia, and T. stenigrammi by having the middorsal pale stripe involving all of vertebral scale row and adjacent third to half of paravertebral scale rows (vs. middorsal stripe confined to vertebral row in those three species, with that of T. olympia also reduced to a series of dashes; but that stripe also extends onto adjacent edges of paravertebral scale rows posteriorly on body in T. stenigrammi). Tantilla gottei differs further from T. impensa and T. stenigrammi in having 142–152 ventrals in both sexes combined (vs. ventrals 161–172 in T. impensa, and 159 in one T. stenigrammi), and further from T. impensa in having 204–217 ventral plus subcaudal scales in both sexes combined (vs. 233–240). Tantilla gottei differs further from T. olympia in having 62–70 subcaudals in both sexes combined and having a complete pale lateral stripe (vs. 49 subcaudals and pale lateral stripe reduced to dots in T. olympia). Tantilla gottei differs from T. excelsa in having 142–152 ventrals and 204–217 ventral plus subcaudal scales in both sexes combined and having a pale brown internasal crossbar that is confluent with the pale lateral spot anterior to the eye (vs. 161–178 ventrals and 222–239 ventral plus subcaudal scales, and internasal crossbar absent). Tantilla gottei differs from T. psittaca by having yellow ventral and subcaudal surfaces in life and cream in preservative and in having 142–152 ventrals and 204–217 ventrals plus sub- caudals in both sexes combined (vs. those surfaces pink and grading to red in life and pale brown medially and pale brown with pinkish tinge on posterior third of body and under tail in preservative, and 153–163 ventrals and 216–234 ventrals plus subcaudals). Tantilla gottei differs from T. tritaeniata in having 142–152 ventrals in both sexes combined and having a complete pale nuchal collar (vs. 155–161 ventrals and pale nuchal collar divided).
|Comment||Habitat: pine forest, Lowland Dry Forest|
|Etymology||The name gottei is a patronymic noun honoring Steve W. Gotte, a long-time friend of the first author, who also made several field trips with JRM to Honduras. Steve has also been a long-term employee of the US Department of Interior at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, and most recently in Suitland, Maryland.|