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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: Tantillita
Species: T. brevissima – T. canula – T. lintoni

Vernacular names
English: Dwarf Short-tailed Snakes

Tantillita is a genus of snakes in the family Colubridae. The genus is endemic to Central America.[1]

Species and subspecies

Three species are recognized as being valid. One species has two subspecies, including the nominotypical subspecies.[1]

Tantillita brevissima (Taylor, 1937)
Tantillita canula (Cope, 1876)
Tantillita lintoni (H.M. Smith, 1940)
Tantillita lintoni lintoni (H.M. Smith, 1940)
Tantillita lintoni rozellae Pérez-Higareda, 1985

Nota bene: A binomial authority or a trinomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species or the subspecies, respectively, was originally described in a genus other than Tantillita.

The specific name, lintoni, is in honor of American archeologist Linton Satterthwaite.[2]

The subspecific name, rozellae, is in honor of American herpetologist Rozella Blood Smith, wife of American herpetologist Hobart Muir Smith.[2]

All species in the genus Tantillita are oviparous.[1]

Genus Tantillita at The Reptile Database.

Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Tantillita lintoni, p. 159; T. l. rozellae, p. 228).

Further reading

Heimes, Peter (2016). Snakes of Mexico: Herpetofauna Mexicana Vol. I. Frankfurt, Germany: Chimaira. 572 pp. ISBN 978-3899731002.
Smith HM (1941). "A new genus of Central American snakes related to Tantilla ". Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences 31 (3): 115-117. (Tantillita, new genus, p. 117).


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