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Aprosdoketophis andreonei WALLACH, LANZA & NISTRI, 2010

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common Names 
SynonymAprosdoketophis andreonei WALLACH, LANZA & NISTRI 2010
Aprosdoketophis andreonei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 53 

Type locality: “Addur” [= Xuddor, Oddur], BAkool Region, S Somalia, 04°07’ N, 43°53’ E, elevation ca. 500 m.  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MZUT (= MSNTO) R-3484, adult female 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus). A colubroid genus with diacranterian dentition, 13 15 maxillary teeth followed, after a diastema, by 3 4 enlarged, non-grooved teeth; absence of posterior hypapophyses; nasal shield divided with an interior flap or valve; eye of moderate size with round pupil; dorsal scales smooth, lacking apical pits, arranged long- itudinally in 19 rows at midbody, reducing to 15 posteriorly; cloacal shield divided. 
CommentType species: Aprosdoketophis andreonei WALLACH, LANZA & NISTRI 2010 is the type species of the genus Aprosdoketophis WALLACH, LANZA & NISTRI 2010. 
EtymologyNamed after Franco Andreone, Italian herpetologist.

The genus has been named after the two Greek words “aproskoketos” = unexpected and “ophis” = serpent, snake. 
  • Spawls, Stephen; Tomáš Mazuch& Abubakr Mohammad 2023. Handbook of Amphibians and Reptiles of North-east Africa. Bloomsbury, 640 pp. - get paper here
  • Wallach, V.; Lanza, B. & Nistri, A. 2010. Aprosdoketophis andreoni, a new genus and species of snake from Somalia (Serpentes: Colubridae: Boiginae). African Journal of Herpetology 59 (2): 95-110 - get paper here
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. [type catalogue] Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
  • Zimin, A., Zimin, S. V., Shine, R., Avila, L., Bauer, A., Böhm, M., Brown, R., Barki, G., de Oliveira Caetano, G. H., Castro Herrera, F., Chapple, D. G., Chirio, L., Colli, G. R., Doan, T. M., Glaw, F., Grismer, L. L., Itescu, Y., Kraus, F., LeBreton 2022. A global analysis of viviparity in squamates highlights its prevalence in cold climates. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1–16 - get paper here
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