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Bamanophis dorri (LATASTE, 1888)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymPeriops dorri LATASTE 1888: 227
Zamenis dorri — BOULENGER 1893: 410
Coluber dorri — DEKEYSER & VILLIERS 1954: 962
Coluber dorri — PAPENFUSS 1969
Eremiophis dorri — WELCH 1983: 108
Coluber dorri —SCHÄTTI & WILSON 1986
Haemorrhois [sic] dorri — MEIRTE 1992: 69
Haemorrhois dorri — TRAPE & MANÉ 2002
Haemorrhois dorri — TRAPE & MANE 2004
Bamanophis dorri — SCHÄTTI & TRAPE 2008
Bamanophis dorri — WALLACH et al. 2014: 89 
DistributionMali, Burkina Faso, N Ghana, N Togo, N Benin, Senegal, Guinea (Conakry), Mauritania

Type locality: “dans le fort et à côté du dort de Bakel, Haut-Sénégal”  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesSyntypes: BMNH 1920.1.20.3742 (now 1946.1.13.3) and 1920.1.20.3785 (1946.1.14.82) 
DiagnosisDiagnosis (genus): Anterior subocular absent [present in other racers]; one comparatively large posterior subocular [smaller]. Ten (eleven) supralabials, fourth and fifth (fifth and sixth) entering eye. Dorsal scales smooth, with paired apical pits; 25-27 longitudinal rows on neck (20th ventral), 29-33 at midbody, 17 (only males) to 19 prior to anal plate; usually two or three bilateral increases in the number of dorsal scale rows on anterior part of body; reductions after midbody confined to ventrolateral and lateral levels [including paravertebral rows]. 229-265 ventral scales (clear-cut sexual dimor- phism in Senegal); tail comparatively short, with 75-95 paired subcaudals. Dark X- shaped markings along the dorsum [pattern different]. 15-19 maxillary teeth, diastema distinct, last tooth laterally offset. Palatine processus of maxillary well developed and laterally rounded, lateral processus distinct. Crista basisphenoidea absent [usually present]. Hemipenis spinose with intermittent barbed calyces, probably bulbous when everted [sub-cylindrical]. A monotypic genus restricted to western Africa (Sahel to Guinea Savanna). 
CommentType species: Periops dorri LATASTE 1888 is the type species of the genus Bamanophis SCHÄTTI 2008. 
Etymologyafter M.E. Dorr, “capitaine d’infanterie de marine”, who apparently caught or donated the specimen to Lataste. 
References
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