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Tantilla johnsoni WILSON, VAUGHN & DIXON, 1999

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Johnson’s Centipede Snake
S: Culebra Centipedívora de Chiapas 
SynonymTantilla johnsoni WILSON, VAUGHN & DIXON 1999
Tantilla johnsoni — WILSON 1999
Tantilla johnsoni — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 39
Tantilla johnsoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 702 
DistributionMexico (SE Chiapas)

Type locality: Musté, Municipia Motozintla, Chiapas, México, approx. elevation 450 m.  
TypesHolotype: CM (Carnegie Museum) 51741 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A member of the Tantilla taeniata group characterized by a well-developed pale nuchal collar beginning on the posterior portion of the parietals and extending one to one and one-half dorsal scales posterior to parietals, followed in turn by a dark nape band two to two and one-half dorsal scales long, a tan to dark tan dorsal ground color, no pale middorsal stripe, and no pale lateral stripe or a short pale lateral stripe present on the adjacent halves of dorsal scale rows 3 and 4 on the anterior portion of the body. 
Commentonly from the holotype and paratype. 
EtymologyNamed after Jerry D. Johnson, a friend and colleague of the authors. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, and Larry David Wilson 2014. The type locality of Tantilla johnsoni Wilson, Vaughan, and Dixon, 1999 (Squamata, Colubridae) and related issues. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1 (2): 305 - get paper here
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • 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. 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 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
  • Wilson,L.D. & McCranie,J.R. 1999. The systematic status of Honduran populations of the Tantilla taeniata group (Serpentes: Colubridae), with notes on other populations. Amphibia-Reptilia 20 (3): 326-329 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D.; VAUGHN,R.K. & DIXON,J.R. 1999. Another new species of Tantilla of the taeniata group from Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 33 (1): 1-5 - get paper here
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