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Tantilla relicta TELFORD, 1966

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesTantilla relicta neilli TELFORD 1966
Tantilla relicta pamlica TELFORD 1966
Tantilla relicta relicta TELFORD 1966 
Common NamesFlorida Crowned Snake
neilli: Central Florida Crowned Snake
pamlica: Coastal Dunes Crowned Snake
relicta: Peninsula Crowned Snake 
SynonymTantilla relicta TELFORD 1966: 270
Tantilla relicta relicta — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 219
Tantilla relicta neilli — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 220
Tantilla relicta pamlica — CONANT & COLLINS 1991: 220
Tantilla relicta — CROTHER 2000
Tantilla relicta — CROTHER et al. 2012
Tantilla relicta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 704

Tantilla relicta neilli TELFORD 1966
Tantilla relicta neilli — CROTHER 2000
Tantilla relicta neilli — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 38
Tantilla relicta neilli — CROTHER et al. 2012

Tantilla relicta pamlica TELFORD 1966
Tantilla relicta pamlica — CROTHER 2000
Tantilla relicta pamlica — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 39
Tantilla relicta pamlica — CROTHER et al. 2012

Tantilla relicta relicta TELFORD 1966
Tantilla relicta relicta — CROTHER 2000
Tantilla relicta relicta — TENNANT & BARTLETT 2000: 36
Tantilla relicta relicta — CROTHER et al. 2012 
DistributionUSA (Florida: from southern Palm Beach, Highlands, and Charlotte counties north to Duval, Columbia, and Taylor counties; S Georgia [HR 31:256]).

neilli: Florida, S Georgia; Type locality, "University of Florida campus, Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida."

pamlica: Florida; Type locality, "approximately 1 mile south of Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida."

relicta: Florida; Type locality, "on the south side of Babson Park, Polk County, Florida."  
TypesHolotype: UF 12421, Florida State Museum of Natural History, adult female, collected 26 December 1960 by Sam R. Telford, Jr.
Holotype: UF (formerly Florida State Museum of Natural History) 12430 [pamlica]
Holotype: UF 12406, adult male collected 12 July 1961 by John Funk [neilli] 
CommentDistribution: may reach S Georgia, but a single record remains unconfirmed. 
  • Button, Sky T.; Adia R. Sovie, Cathryn H. Greenberg & James D. Austin 2019. Evaluating the Ecology of Tantilla relicta in Florida Pine–Wiregrass Sandhills Using Multi-Season Occupancy Models. Journal of Herpetology 53 (3): 179-186 - get paper here
  • Christman, S. P. 1980. Patterns of geographic variation in Florida snakes. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum of Biological Sciences 25 (3): 1 (157?)-256 - get paper here
  • Conant,R. & Collins,J.T. 1991. A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 3rd ed. Houghton Mifflin (Boston/New York), xx + 450 p.
  • Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2012. Standard Common and Current Scientific Names for North American Amphibians, Turtles, Reptiles, and Crocodilians, Seventh Edition. Herpetological Circular 39: 1-92
  • Enge, Kevin M. 2009. Venomous and non-venomous snakes of Florida. Publication of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. 16 pp.
  • Ernst, C.H., & Barbour, R.W. 1989. Snakes of eastern North America. George Mason Univ. Press, Fairfax, VA 282 pp.
  • Jensen, John B.; Carlos D. Camp, Whit Gibbons, & Matt J. Elliott 2008. Amphibians and reptiles of Georgia. University of Georgia Press, 575 pp.
  • Mushinsky, H.R. & B.W. Witz 1993. Notes on the Peninsula Crowned Snake, Tantilla relicta, in Periodically Burned Habitat Journal of Herpetology 27 (4): 468-470. - get paper here
  • Schrey, Aaron W.; R. Kyle Evans, Megan Netherland, Kyle G. Ashton, Henry R. Mushinsky, and Earl D. McCoy 2015. Phylogeography of the Peninsula Crowned Snake (Tantilla relicta relicta) on the Lake Wales Ridge in Central Florida. Journal of Herpetology Sep 2015, Vol. 49, No. 3: 415-419. - get paper here
  • Telford S R Jr 1980. Tantilla relicta Telford. Florida crowned snake. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 257: 1-2 - get paper here
  • Telford, Sam Rountree, Jr. 1966. Variation among the southeastern crowned snakes, genus Tantilla. Bulletin of the Florida State Museum, Biological Sciences 10 (7): 261-304 - get paper here
  • Tennant, A. 2003. Snakes of North America - Eastern and Central Regions, revised edition. Lone Star Books, 605 pp.
  • Tennant, A. & Bartlett, R.D. 2000. Snakes of North America - Eastern and Central Regions. Gulf Publishing, Houston, TX, 588 pp.
  • 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
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