Arizona elegans

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Arizona elegans


Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Cladus: Unidentata, Episquamata
Cladus: Toxicofera
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Arizona
Species: Arizona elegans
Subspecies (8): A. e. arenicola – A. e. candida – A. e. eburnata – A. e. elegans – A. e. expolita – A. e. noctivaga – A. e. occidentalis – A. e. philipi


  • Arizona elegans Kennicott in Baird, 1859: 18 [conserved name]

Lectotype: USNM 1722, ♂. [designated by Blanchard (1924: 4)]

Type locality: “Rio Grande; Between Arkansas and Cimarron”, restricted by lectype designation to “Lower Rio Grande”, by Blanchard (1924: 4).

Placed on the Official List of Specific Names in Zoology by Opinion 717 (1965).


  • Pityophis elegansCope, 1875: 39 [subsequent combination]
  • Rhinechis elegansCope, 1886: 284 [subsequent combination]


  • Coluber arizonaeBoulenger, 1894: 66 [unnecessary replacemnet name]


Primary references[edit]

  • Baird, S.F. 1859. Reptiles of the boundary, with notes by the naturalists of the survey. in United States and Mexican Boundary Survey, under the orders of Lieut. Col. W.H. Emory, Major First Cavalry, and United States Commissioner. Volume 2, Part 1. Government Printing Office, Washington. 36 pp. + 41 pls. BHL
  • Cope, E.D. 1875. Check-list of North American Batrachia and Reptilia, with a systematic list of the higher groups, and an essay on Geographic distribution: Serpentes: Based on the specimens in the U.S. National Museum. Government Printing Office: Washington. 104 pp. BHL
  • Cope, E.D. 1886. Thirteenth contribution to the herpetology of tropical America. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 23(122): 271–287. BHL JSTOR
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1894. Catalogue of the Snakes in the British Museum (Natural History). Volume II., Containing the Conclusion of the Colubridæ Aglyphæ. British Mus. (Nat. Hist.): London. xi + 382 pp. BHL
  • Blanchard, F.N. 1924. A new snake of the genus Arizona. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 150: 1–3. handle.
  • International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature. 1965. Opinion 717. Arizona elegans Kennicott, 1859 (Reptilia): validated under the plenary powers. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 22(1): 19–21. BHL Reference page


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Glossy Snake
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