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Tantilla lempira WILSON & MENA, 1980

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Mena's Centipede Snake 
SynonymTantilla lempira WILSON & MENA 1980
Tantilla lempira — WILSON & MCCRANIE 2002
Tantilla lempira — WALLACH et al. 2014: 702 
DistributionHonduras (Pacific versant), elevation 1450-1730 m.

Type locality: 41 km NW Tegucigalpa, Depto. Francisco Morazan, Honduras.  
TypesHolotype: LSUM 26093 (Louisiana St. Univ. Mus. Zool.) , adult female, collected 3 June 1968 by Ernest A. Liner. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: Wilson & Mena 1980: 25

Description of the holotype: Wilson & Mena 1980: 25 
CommentAbundance: McCranie (2011) based his description on four males and two females, and noted that the species had not been collected for more than 20 years, although it was recently rediscovered by Espinal and Solís (2015). 
EtymologyNamed after an Indian chief who fought against the Spanish invasion of Honduras. It is also the name of a department in Honduras and of the Honduran monetary unit. 
  • Espinal, Mario R. and José Mario Solís 2015. Rediscovery of the Honduran endemic snake Tantilla lempira Wilson and Mena, 1980 (Squamata: Colubridae). Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (4): 576 - get paper here
  • McCranie J R 2011. The snakes of Honduras. SSAR, Salt Lake City, 725 pp.
  • McCranie, James R. 2015. A checklist of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with additions, comments on taxonomy, some recent taxonomic decisions, and areas of further studies needed. Zootaxa 3931 (3): 352–386 - get paper here
  • Solís, J. M., L. D. Wilson, and J. H. Townsend. 2014. An updated list of the amphibians and reptiles of Honduras, with comments on their nomenclature. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 123–144 - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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 1990. Tantilla lempira Wilson and Mena. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 476: 1 - get paper here
  • Wilson L D; Mena C E 1980. Systematics of the melanocephala group of the colubrid snake genus Tantilla. SAN DIEGO SOCIETY OF NATURAL HISTORY MEMOIRS 11: 5-58 - 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, L.D. & McCranie, J.R. 2003. The herpetofauna of the cloud forests of Honduras. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 3 (1): 34-48 - get paper here
  • Wilson, Larry David and James R. McCranie 2002. Update on the list of reptiles know from Honduras. Herpetological Review 33 (2):90-94 - 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,L.D. 1982. A Review of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of Central America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. (52): 1-77 - get paper here
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