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Tropidodipsas zweifeli (LINER & WILSON, 1970)

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Higher TaxaColubridae (Dipsadinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Zweifel’s Snail-Eating Snake
S: Caracolera de Zweifel 
SynonymChersodromus annulatus ZWEIFEL 1954
Tropidodipsas zweifeli LINER & WILSON 1970 (nom. nov.)
Sibon zweifeli — KOFRON 1985
Sibon zweifeli — LINER 1994
Tropidodipsas zweifeli — WALLACH 1995
Tropidodipsas zweifeli — WALLACH et al. 2014: 747 
DistributionMexico (Guerrero, Morelos, Puebla)

Type locality: Chilpancingo, Guerrero, Mexico.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MVZ 45030, male (W.W. Brown, between Aug. 1942 and Aug. 1943). 
Diagnosis 
CommentSynonymy: Scott 1967 synonymized Chersodromus annulatus with Tropidodipsas annulifera.

Distribution: the specimen reported by Grünwald et al. (2016) from Puebla differed slightly in initial scale counts from the numerical ranges presented by Kofron (1988). 
EtymologyNamed after Richard George Zweifel (1926–2019), American herpetologist. See Cole & Zweifel 2020 for biographical details. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Castro-Franco, Rubén, María Guasalupe Bustos-Zagal 1994. List of reptiles of Morelos, Mexico, and their distribution in relation to vegetation types. Southwestern Naturalist 39 (2): 171-175 - get paper here
  • COLE, C. J., AND M. K. ZWEIFEL 2020. Obituaries: Life History and Behavior of Richard George Zweifel (1926–2019). Herpetological Review. 51:189-193.
  • Grünwald, Christoph Imre, Nadia Pérez-Rivera, Iván Trinidad Ahumada-Carrillo, Héctor Franz-Chávez and Brandon Thomas La Forest. 2016. New distributional records for the herpetofauna of Mexico. Herpetological Review 47 (1): 85-90 - get paper here
  • Heimes, P. 2016. Snakes of Mexico. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 572 pp
  • Kofron, C.P. 1988. Systematics of neotropical gastropod-eating snakes: the sartorii group of the genus Sibon. Amphibia-Reptilia 9: 145-168 - get paper here
  • Lemos-Espinal JA, Smith GR 2020. A conservation checklist of the herpetofauna of Morelos, with comparisons with adjoining states. ZooKeys 941: 121-144 - get paper here
  • Liner, Ernest A.; Wilson, Larry David 1970. Changes in the name an generic status of the Mexican snake Chersodromus annulatus Zweifel (Colubridae). Copeia 1970 (4): 786-788 - get paper here
  • Palacios-Aguilar, Ricardo & OSCAR FLORES-VILLELA 2018. An updated checklist of the herpetofauna from Guerrero, Mexico. Zootaxa 4422 (1): 1-24 - 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
  • Scott Jr., N.J. 1967. The colubrid snake, Tropidodipsas annulifera, with reference to the status of Geatractus, Exelencophis, Chersodromus annulatus, and Tropidodipsas malacodryas. Copeia 1967 (2): 280-287 - 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.
  • Wallach,V. 1995. Revalidation of the genus Tropidodipsas GÜNTHER , with notes on the Dipsadini and Nothopsini (Serpentes: Colubridae). Journal of Herpetology 29 (3): 476-481 - get paper here
  • Woolrich-Piña, G. A., E. García-Padilla, D. L. DeSantis, J. D. Johnson, V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson. 2017. The herpetofauna of Puebla, Mexico: composition, distribution, and conservation status. Mesoamerican Herpetology 4(4): 791–884
  • Zweifel, Richard G. 1954. A new species of Chersodromus from Mexico. Herpetologica 10: 17-19 - get paper here
 
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