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Tantillita lintoni (SMITH, 1940)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesTantillita lintoni rozellae PEREZ-HIGAREDA 1985
Tantillita lintoni lintoni (SMITH 1940) 
Common NamesE: Brown Dwarf Short-tailed Snake, Linton's Dwarf Short-tail Snake
S: Culebrita Enana de Linton 
SynonymTantilla lintoni SMITH 1940
Tantillita lintoni — SMITH & TAYLOR 1945
Tantilla excubitor — WILSON 1982
Tantillita lintoni — LINER 1994
Tantillita lintoni — KÖHLER et al. 2004
Tantillita lintoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 708

Tantillita lintoni rozellae PEREZ-HIGAREDA 1985
Tantillita lintoni rozellae — LÓPEZ-LUNA et al. 2000: 187 
DistributionMexico (Chiapas, Veracruz: [HR 31: 187], Campeche, Yucatan, Quintana Roo), Guatemala, Belize [HR 31: 115], Honduras, Nicaragua [HR 30: 55]

Type locality: Piedras Negras, Guatemala.

rozellae: Mexico (Veracruz); Type locality: Colonla El Bastonal, Sierra de Santa Marta, 900 m above sea level, Municipality of Catemaco, Veracruz, México.  
TypesHolotype: USNM 108603
Holotype: CAR-EBTT (= IBH-LT = UNAM-LT) 2336 (Estación de Biología Tropical "Los Tuxtlas", Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico), adult male collected 17 August 1984, by Gonzalo Perez-Higareda [rozellae] 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (rozellae). Similar to T. lintoni lintoni, but distinguishable by the ventral pattern and coloration. In T. lintoni rozellae, the dorsal color covers all the dorsal scale rows, and extends to a darker line at the edges of the ventrals, forming a narrow, wavy, longitudinal line on each side of the venter; a short, fine black extension follows the edge of each ventral (Figure I). In Central American populations, the coloration extends only to the upper edge of the first scale row (see Smith, 1940). The dorsal color pattern is uniform reddish-brown, darkest on posterior third; ventrals orange and subcaudals yellow in live specimens. Tall short, fat. Ventrals 115-118; subcaudals 47-48. Frontal obtuse posteriorly, with minor penetration between the parietals as compared with T. l. lintoni (see figure in Smith, loc. cit.) (Perez-Higareda 1985: 38) 
CommentType species: Tantilla lintoni SMITH 1940 is the type species of the genus Tantillita SMITH 1940. 
EtymologyNamed after Professor Linton Satterthwaite Jr. (1897-1978), an archeologist who worked in Mexico (1930s). 
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