Arizona elegans


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nocturnal burrowing snake of western United States with shiny tan scales

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The 2016 recipient of the Wilks Award was Hollis Dahn, University of Central Florida, for the presentation "Comparative phylogeography of Arizona elegans and Rhinocheilus lecontei.
Food habits of the glossy snake, Arizona elegans, with comparisons to the diet of sympatric long-nosed snakes, Rhinocheilus lecontei.
A) Coluber flagellum piceus; B) Coluber lateralis; C) Crotalus ruber; D) Crotalus oreganus helleri; E) Arizona elegans occidentalis, standard morph (with food bolus at midbody); F) A.
One hundred fifty-nine individuals of six colubrid snake species: Arizona elegans (n = 43, mean snout-vent length [SVL] = 589 mm [+ or -] 205 SD, range = 238-930 mm), Chionactis occipitalis (n = 31, SVL = 258 mm [+ or -] 20 SD, range = 222-300 mm), Masticophis flagellum (n = 12, SVL = 861 mm [+ or -] 118 SD, range 697-1104 mm), Masticophis lateralis (n = 14, SVL = 765 mm [+ or 1] 136 SD, range 520-963 mm), Phyllorhynchus decurtatus (n = 26, SVL = 357 mm [+ or -]47 SD, range = 242-469 mm), and Rhinocheilus lecontei (n = 33, SVL = 590 mm [+ or -] 93 SD, range = 362-743 mm) were borrowed from the herpetology collection of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (LACM), Los Angeles, California (accession numbers, Appendix 1).
Arizona elegans and Masticophis lateralis harbored five helminth species each; Chionactis occipitalis and Rhinocheilus lecontei harbored three; Masticophis flagellum harbored two and Phyllorhynchus decurtatus harbored one helmin th species.
Arizona elegans, Chionactis occipitalis, Masticophis flagellum, Phyllorhynchus decurtatus and Rhinocheilus lecontei are sympatric in southern California and are found in dry, relatively open areas supporting chaparral, creosote bush, mesquite and sagebrush (Behler and King 1979).
This is the first report of tetrathyridia in Arizona elegans, Masticophis lateralis and Rhinocheilus lecontei.
Arizona elegans is a new host record; California is a new locality record.
Arizona elegans, Chionactis occipitalis, Masticophis flagellum and Rhinocheilus lecontei represent new host records.
There is some dietary overlap in these snakes: Arizona elegans feeds mainly on lizards and rodents with a few birds and snakes; Chionactis occipitalis eats insects, spiders, scorpions and centipedes; Masticophis flagellum feeds on small mammals, birds, lizards, snakes, insects and carrion; Masticophis lateralis eats frogs, lizards, snakes, small mammals, birds and insects; Phyllorhynchus decurtatus feeds on small lizards and their eggs; Rhinocheilus lecontei feeds almost exclusively on lizards (Stebbins 1985; Rodriguez-Robles et al.
One desert snake species, Arizona elegans, and the non-desert species, Masticophis lateralis, harbored Oochoristica osheroffi, typically a parasite of rattlesnakes.
Los ganadores del afio 2015 del Premio al Poster Estudiantil Clark Hubbs fueron: primer lugar, Jason Strickland, University of Central Florida, por su poster titulado "El mantenimiento de los fenotipos de veneno en las serpientes de cascabel Mojave a pesar de flujo genetico y similitud del ambiente;" segundo lugar, Alejandra Osorio, University of Central Florida, por su poster titulado "La filogenetica de los generos empobrecidos en Lampropeltini (Serpentes: Colubridae);" y tercer lugar, Hollis Dahn, University of Central Florida, por su poster titulado "La filogeografia comparativa de Arizona elegans y Rhinocheilus lecontei (Serpentes: Colubridae).
Arizona elegans females with enlarged follicles ([greater than] 10 mm length) or oviductal eggs were found May--June (Table 2).
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