Tantilla nigriceps

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Taxonavigation: Colubroidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Lepidosauromorpha
Superordo: Lepidosauria
Ordo: Squamata
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Tantilla
Species: Tantilla nigriceps


Syntypes (2): USNM 4491 and 2046. [lost fide Gotte in Wilson (1999: 12)]

Neotype: UTEP 1349, ♂. [designated by Gotte & Wilson (2005: 600)]

Type locality: “Fort Bliss, New Mexico; Indianola to Nueces, Texas”, redesigned by neotype designation to “AOR [alive on road] on Hueco Tanks [State Park] Road (Farm Road 2775), 0.25 miles [= 0.4 kilometers] N junction with United States highway 62–180”, by Gotte & Wilson (2005: 600).


  • Scolecophis fumiceps Cope, 1861: 371 [synonymized by Cope (1861: 74)]

Holotype: MCZ R-46249.

Type locality: “probably Cuba”, in error fide Cope (1861: 74).


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Vernacular names[edit]

English: Plains Blackhead Snake