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Tantillita brevissima (TAYLOR, 1937)

IUCN Red List - Tantillita brevissima - Least Concern, LC

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Speckled Dwarf Short-tail Snake
S: Culebrita Enana Jaspeada 
SynonymTantilla brevissima TAYLOR 1937
Tantillita brevissima — SMITH & TAYLOR 1945
Tantillita brevissima — VILLA et al. 1988
Tantilla excubitor WILSON 1982 (fide WILSON 1988)
Tantillita brevissima — LINER 1994
Tantillita brevissima — LINER 2007
Tantillita brevissima — WALLACH et al. 2014: 708 
DistributionSE Mexico (Oaxaca, Chiapas), Guatemala (Escuintla)

Type locality: Mexico: Near Tonola, Chiapas.  
TypesHolotype: INHS (= UIMNH) 25075; E. H. Taylor; August 27- 31, 1935.
Holotype: MVZ 88468 (adult? male); [excubitor] 
  • Aguilar-López JL, Luría-Manzano R, Pineda E, Canseco-Márquez L 2021. Selva Zoque, Mexico: an important Mesoamerican tropical region for reptile species diversity and conservation. ZooKeys 1054: 127-153 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • 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
  • Liner, Ernest A. 2007. A CHECKLIST OF THE AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES OF MEXICO. Louisiana State University Occasional Papers of the Museum of Natural Science 80: 1-60 - 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
  • Nahuat-Cervera, P E & Ortiz-Medina, J A; 2019. Geographic Distribution: Tantillita brevissima (Speckled Dwarf Short-tailed Snake) Mexico: Chiapas: Municipality of Ocozocoautla de Espinosa. Herpetological Review 50 (2): 333 - get paper here
  • Rodríguez-Robles, Javier A., Good, David A., Wake, David B. 2003. Brief History of Herpetology in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, with a List of Type Specimens of Recent Amphibians and Reptiles. UC Publications in Zoology, 119 pp. - get paper here
  • Smith, H.M. 1941. A new genus of Central American snakes related to Tantilla. J. Washington Acad. Sci. 31: 115-117. - get paper here
  • Smith, Hobart M. & Taylor, Edward H. 1945. An annotated checklist and key to the snakes of Mexico. Bull. US Natl. Mus. (187): iv + 1-239 - get paper here
  • Taylor, Edward H. 1937. Notes and comments on certain American and Mexican snakes of the genus Tantilla, with descriptions of new species. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 39 [1936]: 335-348 - 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. 1988. The status of Tantilla excubitor. Journal of Herpetology 22 (4): 469-470 - get paper here
  • Wilson,L.D. 1982. A Review of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of Central America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. (52): 1-77
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