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Tantilla sertula WILSON & CAMPBELL, 2000

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Garland Centipede Snake
S: Culebra Centipedívora del Balsas 
SynonymTantilla sertula WILSON & CAMPBELL 2000
Tantilla sertula — FLORES-VILLELA & CANSECO-MÁRQUEZ 2004
Tantilla sertula — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 52
Tantilla sertula — WALLACH et al. 2014: 705 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero, Oaxaca)

Type locality: 0.8 km NNE of the junction of Mexico highway 200 on the road to La Unión (17°59’ N, 101°49’ W), Guerrero, Mexico; approx. elevation slightly above 150 m.  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-38145, juvenile female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis. A member of the Tantilla calamarina group with 7 supralabials; 161 ventrals; 30 subcaudals; two postoculars; 1+1 temporals, contacting one another; a dark middorsal stripe occupying the middle of the middorsal scale row; no dark lateral stripe; a head pattern consisting of a spatulate dark anterior extension of the middorsal dark stripe occupying the dorsum of the head, flanked by pale narrow, longitudinal stripes broadly separated from pale postparietal spots; and uniformly dark brown supralabials. 
EtymologyThe name sertula is derived from the dimunitive of the Latin word serta, meaning “little garland or wreath,” in reference to the distinctive pattern on the dorsum of the head (Wilson and Campbell, 2000). 
  • Canseco-Márquez, L.; Eric N. Smith, P. Ponce-Campos, O. Flores-Villela, Jonathan A. Campbell 2007. A New Species of Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) of the Calamarina Group from Volcán Ceboruco, Nayarit, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 41 (2): 220-224 - get paper here
  • Flores-Villela, O. & Canseco-Márquez, L. 2004. Nuevas especies y cambios taxonómicos para la herpetofauna de México. Acta Zoologica Mexicana (n.s.) 20 (2): 115-144 - get paper here
  • García-Padilla E, DeSantis DL, Rocha A, Mata-Silva V, Johnson JD, Wilson LD. 2020. Conserving the Mesoamerican herpetofauna: the most critical case of the priority level one endemic species. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 14(2) [General Section]: 73–132 (e240) - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Palacios Aguilar R, Santa Cruz Padilla SA, Jiménez Arcos VH 2021. A new locality for the rare Guerreran Centipede Snake, Tantilla coronadoi Hartweg, 1944 (Squamata, Colubridae), with comments on morphological variation. Check List 17(6): 1745-1749 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - get paper here
  • Rocha, Arturo, Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García-Padilla, Dominic L. DeSantis and Larry David Wilson. 2016. Third known specimen and first locality record in Oaxaca, Mexico, for Tantilla sertula Wilson and Campbell, 2000 (Squamata: Colubridae). Mesoamerican Herpetology 3 (3): 771–774 - 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, 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. & Campbell,J.A. 2000. A new species of the Calamarina group of the colubrid snake genus Tantilla (Reptilia: Squamata) from Guerrero, Mexico, with a review of and key to members of the group. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 113 (3): 820-827 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D. & McCranie,J.R. 1999. The systematic status of Honduran populations of the Tantilla taeniata group (Serpentes: Colubridae), with notes on other populations. Amphibia-Reptilia 20 (3): 326-329 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D.; VAUGHN,R.K. & DIXON,J.R. 1999. Another new species of Tantilla of the taeniata group from Chiapas, Mexico. Journal of Herpetology 33 (1): 1-5 - get paper here
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