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Boaedon geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Seychelles House Snake 
SynonymLycodon geometricus SCHLEGEL 1837: 111
Lycodon geometricus — SMITH 1849
Eugnathus geometricus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 406
Boodon [sic] geometricus — GÜNTHER 1888: 328
Boodon seychellensis GÜNTHER 1888: 330
Boodon geometricus — BOULENGER 1893: 329
Boaedon geometricus – STEJNEGER 1893: 727
Boaedon geometricus — ROUX-ESTÈVE & GUIBÉ 1965
Boaedon geometricus – NUSSBAUM 1984: 362
Lamprophis geometricus — KELLY et al. 2011
Boaedon geometricus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 96
Boaedon geometricus — HALLERMANN et al. 2020 
TypesSyntypes: MNHN-RA 1888 and MNHN-RA 7292, longest syntype 1040 mm (F. Péron, N.T. Baudin Géographe Voy., 1800–1804).
Holotype: BMNH 1870.3.10.13 [seychellensis] 
CommentSynonymy after DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854. Current status and name unclear. DUMÉRIL et al. state that the species “vit au Cap de Bonne-Espérance”.

May belong to the genus Boaedon as redefined by KELLY et al. 2011. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - 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
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - get paper here
  • Kopeczky, Richard and Richard Gemel. 2016. First record of Lamprophis geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837), on the Seychelles Island of La Digue (Indian Ocean). Herpetozoa 28 (3/4): 178-180 - get paper here
  • Nussbaum, R.A. 1984. Snakes of the Seychelles. In: Stoddart,D.R. (ed.) Biogeography and ecology of the Seychelles Islands. W. Junk/Kluwer, The Hague, Boston, Lancaster.
  • PAWLOWSKI, S. 2016. Notes on the Seychelles House Snake, Lamprophis geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837), and the Seychelles Wolf Snake, Lycognathophis seychellensis (SCHLEGEL, 1837), on the Inner Seychelles islands. Sauria 38 (2): 26 - 34 - get paper here
  • PAWLOWSKI, S. 2019. Bemerkungen zu Vorkommen und Auffinden der Seychellen-Hausschlange Lamprophis geometricus im Habitat auf den Seychellen. Sauria 41 (3): 37-41 - get paper here
  • Roux-Estève, R. & J. GUIBE 1965. Contribution a l’étude du genre Boaedon (Serpentes, Colubridae). Bull. Mus. nation. Hist. nat., Paris (2e ser.) 36 (6): 761-774 [1964] - get paper here
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Descriptive. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum), 606 S. + xvi - get paper here
  • Smith, A. 1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa. 3 (Reptiles). Smith, Elder, and Co., London [facsimile published by Winchester Press, Johannesburg, 1977] - get paper here
  • Stejneger, L. 1893. On some collections of reptiles and batrachians from East Africa and the adjacent islands, recently received from Dr. W. L. Abbott and Mr. William Astor Chanler, with descriptions of new species. Proc. US Natl. Mus. 16: 711-741 - 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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