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Tantilla vulcani CAMPBELL, 1998

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Vulcan Centipede Snake
S: Centipedívora de Tierras Altas 
SynonymTantilla vulcani CAMPBELL 1998
Tantilla fusca — SLEVIN 1939 (part.)
Tantilla jani — WILSON 1982 (part.)
Tantilla vulcani — WILSON 1999
Tantilla vulcani — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 60
Tantilla vulcani — WALLACH et al. 2014: 707 
DistributionGuatemala (Escuintla, San Marcos, Suchitepéquez, Quezaltenango)
Mexico (Oaxaca, SE Chiapas)

Elevation: 305-960 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Finca El Carmen, Km 197.5 on CA-2, 518 m elevation, Quezaltenango, Guatemala.  
TypesHolotype: UTA R-21772 
CommentThis name was given by Campbell (1998) to material reported erroneously as
T. fusca by Slevin (1939) and T. jani by Wilson and Meyer (1971) and Wilson (1985) [fide Wilson 1999]. 
EtymologyThe name vulcani is derived from Vulcan, the name of the Roman god of fire, “in allusion to the habitat of this species on the Pacific versant of Guatemala which is dominated by a series of spectacular Quaternary volcanoes, some still active” (Campbell, 1998). 
  • Campbell, Jonathan A. 1998. Comments on the identities of certain Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) from Guatemala, with descriptions of two new species. Scientific Papers, Natural History Museum, University of Kansas, (7):1-14. - get paper here
  • Casas-Andreu, G., F.R. Méndez-De la Cruz and X. Aguilar-Miguel. 2004. Anfibios y Reptiles; pp. 375–390, in A.J.M. García-Mendoza, J. Ordoñez and M. Briones-Salas (ed.). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca. Instituto de Biología, UNAM-Fondo Oaxaqueño para la Conservación de la Naturaleza-World Wildlife Fund, México, D. F.
  • 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
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Himes, J.G. & Enge, K.M. 2017. Tantilla vulcani (Vulcan Centipede Snake) Altitudinal distribution and color photodocumentation. Herpetological Review 48 (3): 686. - get paper here
  • Johnson, Jerry D.; Vicente Mata-Silva, Elí García Padilla, and Larry David Wilson 2015. The Herpetofauna of Chiapas, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2 (3): 272–329. - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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. 1985. Tantilla jani. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles ( 369: 1 - 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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