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Atractaspis boulengeri MOCQUARD, 1897

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Atractaspidinae), Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
SubspeciesAtractaspis boulengeri boulengeri MOCQUARD 1897
Atractaspis boulengeri mixta LAURENT 1945
Atractaspis boulengeri schmidti LAURENT 1945
Atractaspis boulengeri schultzei (STERNFELD 1917)
Atractaspis boulengeri vanderborghti LAURENT 1956
Atractaspis boulengeri matschiensis WERNER 1897 
Common NamesE: Mole Viper 
SynonymAtractaspis boulengeri MOCQUARD 1897: 16
Atractaspis matschiensis WERNER 1897
Atractaspis boulengeri mixta LAURENT 1945
Atractaspis boulengeri schmidti LAURENT 1945
Atractaspis boulengeri mixta — LAURENT 1950: 30
Atractaspis boulengeri schmidti — LAURENT 1950: 30
Atractaspis boulengeri — LAURENT 1958: 126
Atractaspis boulengeri — WELCH 1994: 21
Atractaspis boulengeri — TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 42
Atractaspis boulengeri — CHIRIO & INEICH 2006
Atractaspis boulengeri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 64

Atractaspis boulengeri matschiensis WERNER 1897
Atractaspis boulengeri matschiensis — LAURENT 1950: 29
Atractaspis boulengeri matschiensis — CHIRIO & LEBRETON 2007
Atractaspis boulengeri matschiensis — RÖDEL et al. 2019

Atractaspis boulengeri schultzei (STERNFELD 1917)
Atractaspis schultzei STERNFELD 1917: 489
Atractaspis boulengeri schultzei — LAURENT 1950: 29 
DistributionGabon, Cameroon, W/C/E Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville), Central African Republic, Angola

boulengeri: Gabon

matschiensis: Cameroon

mixta: Zaire

schmidti: Zaire

schultzei: Congo

vanderborghti: Zaire (Kivu); Type locality: Manguretshipa, 1000 m [elevation], Terr. de Lubero, Kivu.

Type locality: “Lambarene, Gabon”  
TypesHolotype: MNHN-RA 1896.0562, a 202 mm specimen
Holotype: SMF 21082 [schultzei]
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC) (Musée du Congo Belge) [mixta]
Holotype: IRSNB (Musée Royal d’Histoire Naturelle); paratypes: Musée du Congo Belge [schmidti]
Holotype: RMCA (= MRAC = RGMC) 18702 [vanderborghti]
Holotype: ZMB, cat. no. unknown [matschiensis] 
EtymologyNamed after George Albert Boulenger (1858 - 1937), herpetologist at the British Museum of Natural History, London. 
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  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 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
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