Tantilla taeniata BOCOURT, 1883
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|Higher Taxa||Colubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Central American Centipede Snake|
|Synonym||Tantilla taeniata (BOCOURT 1883)|
Homalocranion taeniatum BOCOURT 1883
Homalocranium trivittatum MÜLLER 1885: 678
Homalocranium taeniatum — GÜNTHER 1895
Homalocranium trilineatum — BOULENGER 1896
Tantilla taeniata — COPE 1887
Tantilla triseriata SMITH & SMITH 1951
Tantilla tritaeniata SMITH & WILLIAMS 1966
Tantilla reticulata — MEYER 1969 (in error)
Tantilla taeniata taeniata — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Tantilla taeniata triseriata — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Tantilla taeniata tritaeniata — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Tantilla taeniata — LINER 1994
Tantilla taeniata — WILSON 1999
Tantilla reticulata — MCCRANIE 2011
Tantilla taeniata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 706
|Distribution||Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua|
Type locality. "Guatemala" (restricted to "vicinity of Guatemala City" by Campbell, 1998).
|Types||Holotype: MNHN-RA 1666, adult male, collected by A. Bouvier, date of collection unknown|
|Comment||Synonymy: Tantilla triseriata, long considered as a synonym or subspecies of T. taeniata, has been resurrected by SMITH & SMITH 1998 (see the entry for T. triseriata). Likewise, Tantilla tritaeniata has been resurrected by WILSON & MCCRANIE 1999. T. reticulata is listed as valid species by MCCRANIE 2011 although we have no reference for this revalidation. Four specimens identified as Tantilla taeniata have been reported from Nicaragua (Köhler 2001, Sunyer & Köhler 2007); one (AMNH 12698) actually represents T. reticulata [MCCRANIE 2011]. McCranie and Smith 2017 split off several new species from T. taeniata, so older reports possibly refer to those new species now.|
Distribution: Wilson 1999 gives distribution as “S Guatemala and W Honduras”, probably excluding tritaeniata and triseriata. Populations from NE Honduras have been split off from T. taeniata as T. psittaca MCCRANIE 2011. Not in Mexico fide Liner 2007, WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2015 (Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 5-95).
Group: The T. taeniata group contains about 25 species (Antúnez-Fonseca et al. 2020: 90; list of species in Table 1). The Tantilla taeniata group members are characterized by the possession of dark dorsal surfaces with pale middorsal and lateral stripes, and by having a pale nuchal collar. Those stripes are occasionally reduced to dashes or dots in a few species, and the nuchal collar is complete, incomplete, or reduced in a few species” McCranie and Smith (2017: 338).
Key: Antúnez-Fonseca et al. 2020: 99 provide a key to the members of the taeniata group.
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