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Crotaphopeltis barotseensis BROADLEY, 1968

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Serpentes (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesBarotse Water Snake 
SynonymCrotaphopeltis barotseensis BROADLEY 1968
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — AUERBACH 1987: 185
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — RASMUSSEN 1997
Crotaphopeltis barotseensis — BROADLEY et al. 2003: 207 
DistributionZambia, N Botswana (Okavango Swamp, along Chobe River to upper Zambezi River)

Type locality: Kalabo, Barotseland, Zambia. Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

NOTE: TDWG regions are generated automatically from the text in the distribution field and not in every cases it works well. We are working on it.
 
TypesHolotype.-Field Museum of Natural History No. 134249, an adult female collected 24 March 1962 by Mr. Richard G. Japp (field number 1216). 
CommentDiagnosis.-A form of Crotaphopeltis differing from other species in the genus by having the upper postocular separated from the supraocular by a forward prolongation of the parietal, which· enters the orbit. Dorsal scale rows 17-17-13: both hotamboeia and degeni normally have 17-19-15 rows, although the former may have 21 rows anteriorly (ruiziensis Laurent, 1963), while tornieri normally has 17- 17 -15 rows (Loveridge, 1933). In barotseensis and degeni the dorsal scales are smooth, glossy and iridescent, but in hotamboeia and tornieri the posterior dorsals are feebly keeled. The head of barotseensis is narrower than in the other forms, with a high rostral and no expansion in the temporal region. 
References
  • Auerbach,R.D. 1987. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Botswana. Mokwepa Consultants, Botswana, 295 pp.
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Broadley, D.G.; Doria, C.T. & Wigge, J. 2003. Snakes of Zambia. An Atlas and Field Guide. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, 280 pp. [review in Sauria 26 (3): 21]
  • Broadley, Donald G. 1968. A new species of Crotaphopeltis (Serpentes: Colubridae) from Barotseland, Zambia. Fieldiana. Zoology 51 (10): 135-139 - get paper here
  • Rasmussen, J.B. 1997. On two little-known African water snakes (Crotaphopeltis degeni and Crotaphopeltis barotseensis). Amphibia-Reptilia 18: 191-206 - get paper here
 
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