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Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus ochrorhynchus  Cope, 1860
Taxonomic Serial No.: 1084237

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Subspecies  
  Synonym(s): Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhyncha Cope, 1860
    Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhynchus Cope, 1860
    Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha ochrorhyncha Cope, 1860
  Common Name(s): Cape Nightsnake [English]
    Spotted Night Snake [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  
                                     SubfamilyDipsadinae Bonaparte, 1838  
                                        GenusHypsiglena Cope, 1860 – Night Snakes, Nightsnakes  
                                           SpeciesHypsiglena ochrorhynchus Cope, 1860 – Coast Nightsnake  
                                              SubspeciesHypsiglena ochrorhynchus ochrorhynchus Cope, 1860 – Cape Nightsnake, Spotted Night Snake  

  Expert: Peter Uetz  
  Notes: Associate Professor, CSBC   
  Reference for: Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus ochrorhynchus    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: Reptile Database (2017), website (version 24-Dec-16)  
  Acquired: 2017   
  Notes: Uetz, P. & Jirí Hosek (eds.), The Reptile Database, (   
  Reference for: Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus ochrorhynchus, Cape Nightsnake [English]   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Frost, Darrel R., and Joseph T. Collins  
  Publication Date: 1988   
  Article/Chapter Title: Nomenclatural notes on reptiles of the United States   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Herpetological Review, vol. 19, no. 4   
  Page(s): 73-74   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 0018-084X   
  Reference for: Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus ochrorhynchus   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Mulcahy, Daniel G.  
  Publication Date: 2008   
  Article/Chapter Title: Phylogeography and species boundaries of the western North American Nightsnake (Hypsiglena torquata): Revisiting the subspecies concept   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 46, no. 3   
  Page(s): 1095-1115   
  Publication Place:    
  ISBN/ISSN: 1055-7903   
  Notes: doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2007.12.012 ; available online at   
  Reference for: Cape Nightsnake[English]   

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



  Comment: According to Frost and Collins (1988), Cope (1860) published the name as Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus, and 'It is clear that Cope intended ochrorhynchus (Gr: yellow nose) as a noun used in association with the feminine generic name Hypsiglena. Thus, the treatment of ochrorhynchus as an adjective is incorrect.' Accordingly, the epithet should remain as ochrorhynchus no matter what the gender of the current genus  



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