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Tantilla triseriata SMITH & SMITH, 1951

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Three-lined Centipede Snake
S: Lagartijerita Tres Líneas 
SynonymTantilla triseriata SMITH & SMITH 1951
Tantilla taeniata triseriata — SMITH & SMITH 1976
Tantilla taeniata triseriata — LINER 1994
Tantilla triseriata — SMITH, CHISZAR & BREUKELEN 1998
Tantilla triseriata — WILSON 1999
Tantilla triseriata — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 59
Tantilla triseriata — WALLACH et al. 2014: 707 
DistributionSE Mexico (Oaxaca)

Elevation: 914 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Mexico: Coatlan, Oaxaca.  
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 20198; T. MacDougall; October 9, 1949. 
CommentTantilla triseriata usually has been considered as a synonym or subspecies of T. taeniata (see this entry). 
EtymologyThe name triseriata is derived from the Latin words tres, meaning “three,” series, meaning “row,” and “-atus, meaning “provided with,” in reference to the three pale stripes on the dorsum of the body. 
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Mata-Silva, Vicente, Jerry D. Johnson, Larry David Wilson and Elí García-Padilla. 2015. The herpetofauna of Oaxaca, Mexico: composition, physiographic distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (1): 6–62 - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M. & Smith, P.W. 1951. A new snake (Tantilla) from the Isthmus of Tuhuantepec, Oaxaca. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 64: 97-100 - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M.; CHISZAR,D. & BREUKELEN,F. v. 1998. Resurrection of Tantilla triseriata (Reptilia: Serpentes) of Mexico. Southwestern Naturalist 43 (3): 374-375 - get paper here
  • Townsend, Josiah H.; Larry David Wilson, Melissa Medina-Flores, and Luis A. Herrera-B. 2013. A New Species of Centipede Snake in the Tantilla taeniata Group (Squamata: Colubridae) from Premontane Rainforest in Refugio De Vida Silvestre Texíguat, Honduras. Journal of Herpetology Mar 2013, Vol. 47, No. 1: 191-200. - 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. 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, 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. & 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
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