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Tantilla yaquia SMITH, 1942

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Yaquia Blackhead Snake
S: Culebra Cabeza Negra Yaqui 
SynonymTantilla yaquia SMITH 1942: 33
Tantilla bogerti HARTWEG 1944
Tantilla yaquia bogerti — ZWEIFEL & NORRIS 1955
Tantilla planiceps yaquia — TANNER 1966: 135
Tantilla planiceps bogerti — TANNER 1966: 135
Tantilla yaquia — STEBBINS 1985: 220
Tantilla yaquia — LINER 1994
Tantilla yaquia — LINER 2007
Tantilla yaquia — WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014: 63
Tantilla yaquia — WALLACH et al. 2014: 707 
DistributionUSA (SE Arizona, New Mexico [HR 31: 187]),
Mexico (Sonora, Sinaloa, Nayarit, Chihuahua)

Elevation: 0-1680 m (WILSON & MATA-SILVA 2014)

Type locality: Guasaremos, Rio Mayo, Chihuahua, Mexico.

bogerti: Mexico (Nayarit); Type locality: Acaponeta, Nayarit.  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 43274, female, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, collected in August 1936 by Howard S. Gentry.
Holotype: AMNH 62259 [bogerti] 
CommentTantilla bogerti HARTWEG 1944 was placed into the synonymy of. T. yaquia by MCDIARMID (1968). 
EtymologyThe name yaquia “refers to the Yaqui Indians, whose influence was often felt in the area of the type locality” (McDiarmid, 1977). 
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