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Tantilla rubra COPE, 1875

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Red Black-headed Snake, Big Bend Black-headed Snake
G: Große Schwarzkopfschlange
S: Rojilla 
SynonymTantilla miniator COPE 1863: 100
Tantilla rubra COPE 1876: 144
Homalocranium rubrum — BOCOURT 1883: 590
Homalocranion rubrum — BOULENGER 1884: 14
Tantilla miniator — COPE 1887: 84
Homalocranium miniatum — GÜNTHER 1895: 146
Homalocranium boulengeri GÜNTHER 1895: 148
Tantilla boulengeri — AMARAL “1929” (1930): 219
Tantilla miniata COPE — SMITH 1942: 475
Tantilla deviatrix — SMITH, 1942: 36 (nec BARBOUR) (part)
Tantilla morgani HARTWEG 1944
Tantilla rubra — TAYLOR 1949: 207
Tantilla rubra — LINER 1994
Tantilla morgani — LINER 1994
Tantilla miniata — LINER 1994
Tantilla ruber — ROZE 1996: 179
Tantilla rubra — LINER 2007
Tantilla rubra — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 48
Tantilla rubra — WALLACH et al. 2014: 704 
DistributionMexico (S Nuevo Leon, W Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Quéretaro, Hidalgo, Puebla, Guerrero),
W Guatemala

Elevation: 0-2618 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

miniata: Type locality: “Mirador, near Veracruz”

rubra: Type locality: "Japana" = Tapana (= Tapanatepec, Oaxaca).  
TypesHolotype: USNM 26500, male, National Museum of Natural History, collected by Francois Sumichrast, catalogued 9 January 1900 after being returned to the USNM from Cope's estate.
Holotype: UMMZ 85968 (morgani)
Holotype: USNM 26500 [Tantilla rubra] 
CommentSubspecies: Tantilla rubra cucullata is treated here as separate species.

Synonymy: Tantilla miniata and T. morgani have been synonymized with Tantilla rubra by DIXON et al. (1999, 2000). Tantilla rubra diabola has been synonymized with Tantilla cucullata by the same authors. The Tantilla morgani in CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ et al. 2000 was actually the now described T. robusta.

Given the priority of the name miniata over rubra, application will be made to the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature to conserve the name rubra (Wilson 1999). 
EtymologyThe name rubra is derived from the Latin word ruber, meaning “red,” in reference to the typical dorsal coloration of this snake. 
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