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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
Subordo: Serpentes
Infraordo: Caenophidia
Superfamilia: Colubroidea

Familia: Colubridae
Subfamilia: Colubrinae
Genus: Masticophis
Species: Masticophis aurigulus
Subspecies (2): M. a. aurigulus – M. a. barbouri

Masticophis aurigulus (Cope, 1861)

Holotype: USNM 5793.

Type locality: “Cape St. Lucas, Lower California”, Mexico.

Drymobius aurigulus Cope, 1861: 301 [original combination]
Bascanium aurigulum — Cope, 1875: 40 [subsequent combination]
Coluber flagelliformis var. aurigulus — Garman, 1884: 44 [subsequent combination, reduce to subspecies]
Bascanium laterale aurigulum — Cope, 1891: 629 [subsequent combination, reduce to subspecies]
Zamenis aurigulus — Cope, 1896: 1012 [subsequent combination]
Coluber aurigulus — Stejneger & Barbour, 1917: 78 [subsequent combination]
Masticophis aurigulus — Ortenburger, 1923: 2 [subsequent combination]

Primary references

Cope, E.D. 1861. Contributions to the Ophiology of Lower California, Mexico and Central America. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 13: 292–306. BHL Reference page.
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
Garman, S. [1883] 1884. The reptiles and batrachians of North America. Part I. Ophidians. Memoirs of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 8: 1–185. BHL
Stejneger, L. & Barbour, T. 1917. A checklist of North American amphibians and reptiles. Harvard University Press: Cambridge. 125 pp. BHL
Ortenburger, A.I. 1923. A note on the genera Coluber and Masticophis, and a description of a new species of Masticophis. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 139: 1–14. hdl: 2027.42/56578

Additional references

Stebbins, R.C. 1985. A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin: Boston.


Uetz, P. & Hallermann, J. 2022. Masticophis aurigulus. The Reptile Database. Accessed on 25 May 2018.
Hollingsworth, B. & Frost, D.R. 2007. IUCN: Masticophis aurigulus (Least Concern). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2007: e.T63845A12721528. DOI: 10.2305/IUCN.UK.2007.RLTS.T63845A12721528.en

Vernacular names
English: Baja California Striped Whip Snake


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