Tantilla albiceps Barbour, 1925:156

Barbour's centipede snake, Panama white-headed snake



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: February 1925 (Wilson & Mata-Silva, 2015)

IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient


Known only from the holotype, from Barro Colorado Island, Panama. Extensive herpetological surveys have been carried out on the island without the species being recorded again. Unless it exists elsewhere in Panama then it is very probably extinct.



Barro Colorado Island (=Monumento Nacional Isla Barro Colorado), Gatun Lake, Panama Canal Zone, Panamá Oeste Province (eastern), Panama


Biology & Ecology




Holotype: MCZ 20600 (male; adult?)






Original scientific description:

Barbour, T. (1925). A new frog and a new snake from Panama. Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. 5: 155-156.


Other references:

Barbour, T. (1923). Notes on reptiles and amphibians from Panama. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 129: 1-16.

Holm, P. A. 2008. Phylogenetic Biology of the Burrowing Snake Tribe Sonorini (Colubridae). Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States.

Ibáñez, R. and Jaramillo, C. (2013). Tantilla albiceps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. ( Downloaded on 04 July 2015.

Jaramillo, C., Wilson, L.D., Ibáñez, R. and Jaramillo, F. (2010). The herpetofauna of Panama: distribution and conservation status. In: L.D. Wilson, J.H. Townsend, J.H. and J.D. Johnson (eds), Conservation of Mesoamerican Amphibians and Reptiles, pp. 604-671. Eagle Mountain Publishing, Eagle Mountain, Utah, USA.

Johnson, J. D., V. Mata-Silva, and L. D. Wilson. 2015. A conservation reassessment of the Central American herpetofauna based on the EVS measure. Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 9(2) [General Section]: 1–94 (e100).

Joseph-Ouni, Mehdi. (2007). Profiles of Extinction #25 Panama White-Headed Snake Tantilla albiceps. Reptilia (GB) 51: 85.

Köhler, G. 2008. Reptiles of Central America. 2nd ed. Herpeton, Offenbach, Germany.

Myers, Charles W. and Rand, A Stanley. (1969). Checklist of amphibians and reptiles of Barro Colorado Island, Panama, with comments on faunal change and sampling. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 10: 1-11.

Ray, J. M. and Ruback, P. (2015). Updated checklists of snakes for the Provinces of Panamá and Panamá Oeste, Republic of Panama. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2: 168-188.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509.

Wallach, V., K. L. Williams, and J. Boundy. 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton, Florida, United States.

Wilson, Larry David. (1982a). A Review of the Colubrid Snakes of the Genus Tantilla of Central America. Milwaukee Publ. Mus. Contr. Biol. Geol. 52: 1-77.

Wilson, Larry David. (1982b). Tantilla. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 307: 1-4. [automatic download]

Wilson, Larry David. (1985). Tantilla albiceps. Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles 377: 1.

Wilson, Larry David. (1999). Checklist and key to the species of the genus [i]Tantilla[/i] (Serpentes: Colubridae), with some commentary on distribution. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service 122: 1-34.

Wilson, L. D., and V. Mata-Silva. 2014. Snakes of the genus Tantilla (Squamata: Colubridae) in Mexico: taxonomy, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 1: 5-95.

Wilson, Larry David and Mata-Silva, V. (2015). A checklist and key to the snakes of the Tantilla clade (Squamata: Colubridae), with comments on taxonomy, distribution, and conservation. Mesoamerican Herpetology 2: 418-498.


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