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Atractaspis phillipsi BARBOUR, 1913

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Higher TaxaAtractaspididae (Atractaspidinae), Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Phillips’ Burrowing Asp
G: Phillips Erdviper 
SynonymAtractaspis phillipsi BARBOUR 1913
Atractaspis phillipsi — BROADLEY 1994
Atractaspis phillipsi — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
Atractaspis phillipsi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 67 
DistributionSE Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS)

Type locality: Luiga, Ang-Eazy, Sudan (Jumhūriyyat), Republic of South Sudan (RSS)  
Reproductionoviparous (not imputed, fide Zimin et al. 2022) 
TypesHolotype: MCZ R-8782 

Synonymy: This species has been treated as a synonym of A. microlepidota. Atractaspis phillipsi has been elevated to full species status by BROADLEY 1994. 
EtymologyNamed after Dr. John Charles Phillips (1876-1938), an American physician and traveler. He commanded a field hospital during WWI before and after which he traveled widely making zoological collections for Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology. 
  • Barbour, T. 1913. Reptiles and amphibians from eastern Sudan. Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 26: 145-150 - get paper here
  • 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. 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.
  • Dobiey, M. & Vogel, G. 2007. Venomous Snakes of Africa - Giftschlangen Afrikas. Edition Chimaira, Terralog 15, 150 pp. - get paper here
  • Ukuwela, K.D.B., de Silva, A., Sivaruban, A. et al. 2022. Diversity, distribution, and natural history of the marine snakes of Sri Lanka. Marine Biodiversity 52, 24 (2022) - 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.
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