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Tantilla moesta (GÜNTHER, 1863)

IUCN Red List - Tantilla moesta - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Blackbelly Centipede Snake
S: Centipedívora Vientre Negro 
SynonymHomalocranium moestum GÜNTHER 1863: 352
Tantilla moesta — COPE 1866: 126
Homalocranion moestum — BOCOURT 1883
Tantilla moestum — STUART 1934
Tantilla moesta moesta — SMITH 1939
Tantilla moesta — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 296
Tantilla moestra — MÜLLER 1973
Tantilla moesta — LINER 1994
Tantilla moesta — LINER 2007
Tantilla moesta — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 40
Tantilla moesta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 703 
DistributionMexico (Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Campeche), Guatemala (El Petén), Belize ? (P. Stafford, pers. comm.)

Elevation: 10-283 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Department of Peten, Guatemala, restricted to Flores, Depto. El Petén, Guatemala, by Smith and Taylor (1950).  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.9.74 (formerly BMNH, female, collected by Osbert Salvin, date of collection unknown. 
EtymologyThe name moesta derives from the Latin moestus, meaning “sad” or “sorrowful,” “perhaps an allusion to this snake’s somber coloration” (Lee, 1996). 
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  • Campbell, J.A. 1998. Amphibians and reptiles of northern Guatemala, the Yucatán, and Belize. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, xiii + 380 pp. - get paper here
  • Canseco-Márquez, L.; Mendelson III, J.R. & Gutiérrez-Mayén, G. 2002. A new species of large Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) from the Sierra Madre Oriental of Puebla, Mexico. Herpetologica 58 (4): 492-497 - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1866. Fourth contribution lo the herpetology of tropical America. Proc. Acad. nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 18: 123-132 - get paper here
  • Günther. A. 1863. Third account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (3) 12: 348 - 365 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd Ed. Herpeton-Verlag, 400 pp.
  • Lee, J. C. 2000. A field guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Maya world. Cornell University Press, Ithaca,
  • Lee, J.C. 1996. The amphibians and reptiles of the Yucatán Peninsula. Comstock, Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 500 pp.
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - get paper here
  • Neri-Castro, E. E., C. Montalbán-Huidobro, and J. A. Ortiz-Medina. 2017. First record of Tantilla moesta (Squamata: Colubridae) from the state of Campeche, Mexico. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(3): 673–674 - get paper here
  • Ortiz-Medina, J. A., Cabrera-Cen , D. I., Nahuat-Cervera, P. E. and Chable-Santos, J. B. 2020. New distributional records for the herpetofauna of Campeche and Yucatan, Mexico. Herpetological Review 51: 83-87. - get paper here
  • Schmidt, K. P, & ANDREWS, E. W. 1936. Notes on snakes from Yucatán. Field Mus. Nat Hist. Zool. Ser. 20: 167-187. - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. 1943. Summary of the collections of snakes and crocodilians made in Mexico under the Walter Rathbone Bacon Traveling Scholarship. Proceeding of the U. S. National Museum, 93 (3169): 393-504 - get paper here
  • Stuart, L. C. 1937. Some further notes on the amphibians and reptiles of the Peten Forest of Northern Guatemala. Copeia 1937 (1): 67-70 - 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 1988. Tantilla moesta (Gunther). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 454: 1 - 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, 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. 1982. A Review of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of Central America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. (52): 1-77
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