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Bothrolycus ater GÜNTHER, 1874

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGünther's Black Snake 
SynonymBothrolycus ater GÜNTHER 1874: 444
Bothrolycus ater — BOULENGER 1893: 326
Pseudoboodon albopunctatus ANDERSSON 1901: 6.
Pseudoboodon brevicaudatus ANDERSSON 1901: 8
Bothrolycus ater — SCHMIDT 1923: 62
Bothrolycus ater — LOVERIDGE 1936
Bothrolycus ater — BROADLEY 1998
Bothrolycus ater — WALLACH et al. 2014: 114 
DistributionCameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, C/N/E Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Congo (Brazzaville)

Type locality: West Cameroon Map legend:
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Reproductionoviparous 
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.12.42 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentThe description by SCHMIDT (1923) is available online (see URL below).

Type species: Bothrolycus ater GÜNTHER 1874 is the type species of the (monotypic) genus Bothrolycus GÜNTHER 1874. 
EtymologyNamed after its color, Latin “ater, atra, atrum” = dark or black. 
References
  • Andersson, L.G. 1901. Some new species of snakes from Cameroon and South America, belonging to the collections of the Royal Museum in Stockholm. Bihang till K. Svenska Vet. Akad. Handlingar 27 (4): 1-26
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1998. The reptilian fauna of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). In: Schmidt, K.P. and Noble, G.K., Contributions to the Herpetology of the Belgian Congo... [reprint of the 1919 and 1923 papers]. SSAR Facsimile reprints in Herpetology, 780 pp.
  • Chifundera, K. 1990. Snakes of Zaire and their bites. Afr. Stud. Monogr. (Kyoto) 10(3): 137-157.
  • Chirio, L. & Lebreton, M. 2007. Atlas des reptiles du Cameroun. MNHN, IRD, Paris 688 pp.
  • Günther, A. 1874. Description of some new or imperfectly known species of Reptiles from the Cameroon Mountains. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1874: 442-445. - get paper here
  • Hughes, B. 1983. African snake faunas. Bonner Zoologische Beiträge 34: 311-356 - get paper here
  • 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
  • Pauwels, O.S.G. & Vande weghe, J.P. 2008. Les reptiles du Gabon. Smithsonian Institution, Washington: 272 pp. - get paper here
  • Pauwels, O.S.G.; Kamdem Toham, A. & Chimsunchart, C. 2002. Recherches sur l’herpétofaune du Massif du Chaillu, Gabon. Bull. Inst. Roy. Sci. Nat. Belgique (Biologie) 72: 47-57 - get paper here
  • Perret 1961. Bull. Soc. neuchâtel. Sci. nat., 84: 133.
  • Schmidt, K. P. 1923. Contributions to the herpetology of the Belgian Congo based on the collection of the American Museum Congo Expedition, 1909-1915. Part II. Snakes, with field notes by Herbert Lang and James P. Chapin. Bull. Amer. Mus. nat. Hist. 49 (1): 1-146
  • Trape, J. F. 1985. Les serpents de la region de Dimonika (Mayombe, Republique Popilaire du Congo. Revue de zoologie africaine 99 (2): 135-140
  • Trape, J.F. & R. ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995. Les serpents du Congo: liste commentée et clé de détermination. Journal of African Zoology 109 (1): 31-50
  • 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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