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Buhoma vauerocegae (TORNIER, 1902)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, incertae sedis, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesUsambara forest snake 
SynonymGeodipsas vauerocegae TORNIER 1902: 703
Geodipsas vauerocegae — WERNER 1913: 26
Geodipsas vauerocegae — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 26
Buhoma vauerocegae — ZIEGLER et al. 1997
Buhoma vauerocegae — SPAWLS et al. 2002: 371
Buhoma vauerocegae — WALLACH et al. 2014: 127
Buhoma vauerocegae — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 416 
DistributionTanzania (Usambara, Uluguru, Magrotto Mountains)

Type locality: Usambara Mountains, Tanzania.  
TypesSyntypes: ZMB 17557, female (Küttner, Böhler, and F. Sammler), missing fide R. Günther, in litt. 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: “Neben Geodipsas infralineata BIgr., aber zwischen den beiden Furchenzähnen und den soliden Oberkieferzähnen kein Zwischenraum.Rückenschuppen in 17 Querreihen. Ventralia 128-132, Caudalia 34-44. Nasale sehr groß, viel länger als breit, stößt hinten an das Labiale-2, Praefrontale und Frenale. Drei Unterlippenschilder in Contact mit dem ersten Kinnschild , weIches so lang wie das zweite ist” (from TORNIER 1902).
CommentEtymology: TORNIER (1902) did not explain the source of the name.

Type species: Geodipsas vauerocegae TORNIER 1902: 703 is the type species of the genus Buhoma ZIEGLER et al. 1997. 
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