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Tantilla semicincta (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL, 1854)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Ringed Centipede Snake 
SynonymHomalocranium semi-cinctum DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 862
Tantilla laticeps GÜNTHER 1860 (fide PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970)
Homalocranium laticeps GÜNTHER 1860: 149
Homalocranium laticeps GÜNTHER 1860: 240
Tantilla semicincta — COPE 1861: 74
Homalocranion semicinctum — JAN 1866
Homalocranion lineatum FISCHER 1883: 6
Homalocranium semicinctum — BOULENGER 1896
Tantilla semicinctum — RUTHVEN 1922
Tantilla semicincta — PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970: 297
Tantilla semicincta — KORNACKER 1999: 139
Tantilla semicincta — WALLACH et al. 2014: 705 
DistributionColombia, Venezuela (Mérida, Trujillo [Esqueda & La Marca 1999])

Type locality: Colombia (fide PETERS & OREJAS-MIRANDA 1970), but see comments.  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 3695, adult female, (indicated as from Martinique and collected by A. Plée) 
CommentDistribution: Type-locality given by D&B as "Martinique," in error fide Wilson 1999. Not in Panama fide LOTZKAT (pers. comm., 23 Dec 2015).

This species has both banded and striped phases (Wilson, 1976).

Diet: centipedes (and maybe other prey). 
  • Blanco-Torres, Argelina; Lina Báez S., Edgar Patiño-Flores, Juan M. Renjifo-R. 2013. Herpetofauna from the middle valley of the Ranchería river, La Guajira, Colombia. Rev. Biodivers. Neotrop. 3 (2): 113-22
  • Carvajal-Cogollo, J.E.; L.E. Rojas-Murcia. & G. Cárdenas-Arévalo 2020. Reptiles del Caribe colombiano/ Reptiles of the Colombian Caribbean. Tunja: Editorial UPTC, 268 pp. - get paper here
  • Cope, E.D. 1861. [On Tantilla, Taeniophis, Lepidocephalus, Aepidae, Rhabdion, Callirhinus, Simotes, Erythrolamprus, Rhineura]. Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1861: 73-75 - get paper here
  • Duméril, A. M. C., Bibron, G. & DUMÉRIL, A. H. A., 1854. Erpétologie générale ou histoire naturelle complète des reptiles. Tome septième. Deuxième partie, comprenant l'histoire des serpents venimeux. Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret: i-xii + 781-1536 - get paper here
  • Esqueda,L.F. & La Marca,E. 1999. New Reptilian species records from the Cordillera de Mérida, Andes of Venezuela. Herpetological Review 30 (4): 238-240 - get paper here
  • Fischer, J. G. 1883. Beschreibungen neuer Reptilien. Jahresber. Naturhist. Mus. Hamburg 1882: 1-15
  • Günther,A. 1860. Description of Homalocranium laticeps, a new snake from Carthagena. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 6: 149-150 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1860. Third list of the col-blooded vertebrata collected by Mr. Fraser in Ecuador. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1860: 233-240 - get paper here
  • Jan, G. 1866. Iconographie générale des ophidiens. 15. Livraison. J.B. Bailière et Fils, Paris - get paper here
  • Kornacker,P.M. 1999. Checklist and key to the snakes of Venezuela. PaKo-Verlag, Rheinbach, Germany, 270 pp.
  • Lancini,A.R. & Kornacker,P.M. 1989. Die Schlangen von Venezuela. Armitano Editores C.A., Caracas, 1-381
  • Larreal, J.T.; G.A. Rivas; C. Portillo-Quintero; T.R. Barros 2012. Squamata reptiles of a fragment of tropical dry forest in northwestern Venezuela (Lake Maracaibo region). Check List 8(6):1220-1224 - get paper here
  • Natera-Mumaw, Marco; Luis Felipe Esqueda-González & Manuel Castelaín-Fernández 2015. Atlas Serpientes de Venezuela. Santiago de Chile, Dimacofi Negocios Avanzados S.A., 456 pp. - get paper here
  • Pérez-Santos,C. & Moreno, A.G. 1988. Ofidios de Colombia. Museo reegionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Monographie VI, 517 pp.
  • RIVAS, GILSON A.; CÉSAR R. MOLINA, GABRIEL N. UGUETO, TITO R. BARROS, CÉSAR L. BAR- RIO-AMORÓS & PHILIPPE J. R. KOK 2012. Reptiles of Venezuela: an updated and commented checklist. Zootaxa 3211: 1–64 - 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 semicincta (Dumeril, Bibron and Dumeril). Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 478: 1 - get paper here
  • Wilson, L.D. 1976. Variation in the South American colubrid snake Tantilla semicincta (Dumeril, Bibron, and Dumeril), with comments on pattern dimorphism. Bull. So. California Acad. Sci. 75: 42-48. - 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,L.D. 1987. A Résumé of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of South America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. (68): 1-35
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