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Atractaspis battersbyi DE WITTE, 1959

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Atractaspidinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesBattersby’s Burrowing Asp, Battersby’s Mole Viper 
SynonymAtractaspis battersbyi DE WITTE 1959: 350
Atractaspis battersbyi — WELCH 1994: 21
Atractaspis battersbyi — BROADLEY 1998: xxix
Atractaspis irregularis — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Atractaspis battersbyi — MOORE & JACKSON 2010: 179
Atractaspis battersbyi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 63 
DistributionW Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire: Kinshasa Province), Congo (Brazzaville)

Type locality: “Bolobo, Congo”  
TypesHolotype: MRAC (Musée royal de l’Afrique centrale Tervuren), R-20567 

Synonymy: Atractaspis battersbyi has been considered as a synonym of A. irregularis. 
EtymologyNamed after James Clarence Battersby 1901-1993 [obituary in Herp. Rev. 25: 44 (1994)]. 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Chirio, Laurent and Ivan Ineich 2006. Biogeography of the reptiles of the Central African Republic. African Journal of Herpetology 55(1):23-59. - get paper here
  • Moore, Kevin; Jackson, Kate 2010. A quantitative analysis of two scale characters in snakes. Amphibia-Reptilia 31: 175-182 - 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.
  • Welch, K. R. G. 1994. Snakes of the World. A Checklist. I. Venomous snakes. KCM Books, Somerset, England.
  • Witte, G.F. de 1959. Contribution à la faune herpétologique du Congo Belge. Description de trois serpents nouveaux. Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr. 60 (3-4): 348-351.
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