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Atractaspis microlepidota GÜNTHER, 1866

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Atractaspidinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesSmall-Scaled Burrowing Asp 
SynonymAtractaspis microlepidota GÜNTHER 1866: 29
Atractaspis micropholis GÜNTHER 1872: 36
Atractaspis microlepidota — GÜNTHER 1888: 332
Atractaspis andersonii BOULENGER 1905: 180
Atractaspis magrettii SCORTECCI 1928
Atractaspis microlepidota — WELCH 1994: 23
Atractaspis microlepidota — TRAPE & MANÉ 2002
Atractaspis microlepidota — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
Hoseraspea microlepidota — HOSER 2012 (preliminary)
Atractaspis microlepidota — WALLACH et al. 2014: 66 
DistributionSenegal, Gambia, S Mauritania, W Mali

Type locality: “probably West Africa” (in error fide HARDING & WELCH 1980) Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.18.6 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentVenomous! Compare entry for Atractaspis engaddensis.

Synonymy: For a discussion see Largen and Rasmussen (1993). Atractaspis microlepidota micropholis has been raised to species status. Atractaspis phillipsi has been removed from the synonymy of A. microlepidota and raised to full species status by BROADLEY 1994.

Morphology: The venom glands of Atractaspis microlepidota are extremely elongate, extending under the skin for about 15% of the body length behind the head.

Distribution: Pitman 1974 also reported this species from Uganda. Has been erroneously listed for Benin but does not occur there (Hughes 2013). LARGEN & RASMUSSEN 1993 reported this species from Ethiopia. 
References
  • Al-Oran, Ratib M.;Amr, Zuhair S. 1995. First record of the mole viper, Atractaspis microlepidota engaddensis, from Jordan. Zoology in the Middle East 11: 47-49 - get paper here
  • Barbour,T. 1913. Reptiles and amphibians from eastern Sudan. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 26: 145-150 - get paper here
  • Boulenger,G.A. 1905. Descriptions of three new snakes discovered in South Arabia by Mr. G.W. Bury. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (7) xvi: 178-180 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D.G. 1994. A collection of snakes from eastern Sudan, with the description of a new species of Telescopus Wagler, 1830 (Reptilia: Ophidia). Journal of African Zoology 108 (2): 201-208.
  • David,P. & Vogel,G. 2010. Venomous Snakes of Europe, Northern, Central and Western Asia (TERRALOG 16) (English and German Edition). Edition Chimaira, Terralog 16, 160 pp. - get paper here
  • Dobiey, M. & Vogel, G. 2007. Venomous Snakes of Africa/Giftschlangen Afrikas. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 15, 150 pp. - get paper here
  • Egan, D. 2007. Snakes of Arabia. Motivate Publishing, Dubai, 208 pp.
  • Günther,A. 1866. Fifth account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (3) 18: 24-29 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1872. Seventh account of new species of snakes in the collection of the British Museum. Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (4) 9: 13-37 - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1888. Contribution to the knowledge of snakes of tropical Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 322-335 - get paper here
  • Hoser, R. 2012. A reassessment of the Burrowing Asps, Atractaspis Smith, 1849 with the erection of a new genus and two Tribes (Serpentes: Atractaspidae). Australasian Journal of Herpetology 11: 56-58 - get paper here
  • Joger U 1983. Book Review: Harding & Welch, Venomous snakes of the world, Pergamon Press, 1980. Salamandra 19 (1/2): 99-102
  • Largen, M.J.; Spawls, S. 2010. Amphibians and Reptiles of Ethiopia and Eritrea. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 694 pp.
  • Largen,M.J. & Rasmussen,J.B. 1993. Catalogue of the snakes of Ethiopia (Reptilia Serpentes), including identification keys. Tropical Zoology 6: 313-434 - get paper here
  • Lillywhite, Harvey B. 2014. How Snakes Work: Structure, Function and Behavior of the World's Snakes. Oxford University Press, New York, 256 pp
  • Loveridge, A. 1936. African reptiles and amphibians in the Field Museum of Natural History. Zool. Ser. Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Chicago, 22 (1): 1-122 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
  • Mackessy, S.P. (ed.) 2009. HANDBOOK OF VENOMS AND TOXINS OF REPTILES. CRCPress/Taylor & Francis, xvi + 521 pp.
  • Padial, J. M. 2006. COMMENTED DISTRIBUTIONAL LIST OF THE REPTILES OF MAURITANIA (WEST AFRICA). Graellsia, 62(2): 159-178
  • Perret 1961. Bull. Soc. neuchâtel. Sci. nat., 84: 133.
  • Pitman,C.R.S. 1974. A guide to the snakes of Uganda. Codicote, Wheldon & Wesley, L., 290 pp.
  • Scortecci, G. 1929. Rettili dell'Eritrea esistenti nelle Collezioni del Museo Civico de Milano. Atti della Società Italiana di Scienze Naturali, e del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, Milano 67 (3-4): 290-339 [also cited as pp. 33-36 and as from 1928]
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Trape J.-F., Y. Mané & Ineich I. 2005. Atractaspis microlepidota, A. micropholis et A. watsoni en Afrique occidentale et centrale. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 119 : 5-16 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2002. Les serpents du Sénégal: liste commentée des espèces. Bull. Soc. Pathol. Exot. 95 (3): 148-150
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2006. Guide des serpents d’Afrique occidentale. Savane et désert. [Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger]. IRD Editions, Paris, 226 pp. - get paper here
  • Trape, Jean-François; Mané, Youssouph 2000. Les serpents des environs de Dielmo (Sine-Saloum, Sénégal). Bull. Soc. Herp. France 95: 19-35 - get paper here
  • TRAPE, Jean-François; Youssouph MANÉ & Ivan INEICH 2006. Atractaspis microlepidota, A. micropholis et A. watsoni en Afrique occidentale et centrale. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 119 : 5-16 - get paper here
  • van der Kooij, Jeroen 2001. The herpetofauna of the Sultanate of Oman: Part 4: The terrestrial snakes. Podarcis 2 (2): 54-64
  • Wallach, Van; Kenneth L. Williams , Jeff Boundy 2014. Snakes of the World: A Catalogue of Living and Extinct Species. Taylor and Francis, CRC Press, 1237 pp.
 
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