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Lampropeltis zonata  (Lockington ex Blainville, 1876)
Taxonomic Serial No.: 174193

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Synonym(s): Coluber zonatus Blainville, 1835
    Lampropeltis zonata multicincta (Yarrow, 1882)
    Ophibolus getulus multicinctus Yarrow, 1882
    Lampropeltis zonata multifasciata (Bocourt, 1886)
    Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra Zweifel, 1952
    Lampropeltis zonata pulchra Zweifel, 1952
    Lampropeltis zonata zonata (Lockington ex Blainville, 1876)
    Bellophis zonatus Lockington ex Blainville, 1876
    Lampropeltis multifasciata (Bocourt, 1886)
  Common Name(s): California Mountain Kingsnake [English]
    Culebra-real californiana [Spanish]
    St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassReptilia Laurenti, 1768 – répteis, reptiles, Reptiles  
                         OrderSquamata Oppel, 1811 – Amphisbaenians, Lizards, Snakes, amphisbènes, lézards, serpents  
                            SuborderSerpentes Linnaeus, 1758 – Snakes, cobra, serpente, serpents  
                               InfraorderAlethinophidia Nopcsa, 1923  
                                  FamilyColubridae Oppel, 1811 – Colubrids, Typical Snakes  
                                     SubfamilyColubrinae Oppel, 1811  
                                        GenusLampropeltis Fitzinger, 1843 – Kingsnakes, Milk Snakes  
                                           SpeciesLampropeltis zonata (Lockington ex Blainville, 1876) – California Mountain Kingsnake, Culebra-real californiana, St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake  

  Expert: Peter Uetz  
  Notes: Associate Professor, CSBC   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata    
  Expert: Roy W. McDiarmid  
  Notes: U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2000   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Source: Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, database (version undefined)  
  Acquired: 2001   
  Notes: CONABIO: (   
  Reference for: Culebra-real californiana[Spanish]   
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Source: Reptile Database (2017), website (version 24-Dec-16)  
  Acquired: 2017   
  Notes: Uetz, P. & Jirí Hosek (eds.), The Reptile Database, (   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata, California Mountain Kingsnake [English]   
  Source: Snake Species of the World, vol. undetermined, manuscript (version 2004)  
  Acquired: 2004   
  Notes: Working manuscript of follow-up volumes to McDiarmid et al. (1999), "Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1"   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Crother, Brian I., Ronald M. Bonett, Jeff Boundy, Frank T. Burbrink, et al. / Moriarty, John J., ed.  
  Publication Date: 2017   
  Article/Chapter Title: Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Ed.   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Herpetological Circular, no. 43   
  Page(s): 102   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-946681-003   
  Notes: Available free as PDF, and as updated database, at   
  Reference for: California Mountain Kingsnake[English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Flores-Villela, Oscar / McCoy, C. J., ed.  
  Publication Date: 1993   
  Article/Chapter Title: Herpetofauna Mexicana: Lista anotada de las especies de anfibios y reptiles de México, cambios taxonómicos recientes, y nuevas especies   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication, no. 17   
  Page(s): iv + 73   
  Publisher: Carnegie Museum of Natural History   
  Publication Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-911239-42-1   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Smith, Hobart M., and Edward H. Taylor  
  Publication Date: 1945   
  Article/Chapter Title: An annotated checklist and key to the snakes of Mexico   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Bulletin United States National Museum, no. 187   
  Page(s): iv + 239   
  Publication Place:    
  Notes: Available online at   
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Zweifel, Richard G.  
  Publication Date: 1974   
  Article/Chapter Title: Lampropeltis zonata   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles   
  Page(s): 174.1-174.4   
  Publication Place:    
  Reference for: Lampropeltis zonata, California Mountain Kingsnake [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: Middle America  
    North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Continental US, Native  
    Mexico, Native  



  Comment: Blainville (1835:293) coined the name 'C.[oluber] (Zacholus) zonatus,' but the description is considered by most to be inadequate for definite assignment to a species, and to have been so when it was originally coined; the type specimen was apparently lost by the 1880s. Lockington (1876:52-53) described 'Bellophis zonatus nov. sp.' and said it was 'very probably the same species' as Blainville's, and 'for this reason I have preserved his specific name of zonatus.' There has been disagreement about whether or not this constitutes a homonymy, but Smith and Taylor (1945:84-85) argue that since the names cannot be said to clearly apply to different species, they should not be considered homonyms, and that based on the handling of similar cases in ICZN Opinion 126 (from the 1930s, see p.485), authorship for the currently-recognized species should be given as Lapropeltis zonatus (Lockington ex Blainville, 1876). This view was followed by Zweifel (1974:174.2), as well  



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