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Dasypeltis palmarum (LEACH, 1818)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesE: Palm Egg Eater
G: Palmen-Eierschlange 
SynonymColuber palmarum LEACH 1818: 408 (fide GANS 1959)
Dasypeltis scabra palmarum — WERNER 1899: 139
Dasypeltis scabra palmarum — SCHMIDT 1923: 99
Dasypeltis scabra palmarum — LOVERIDGE 1955
Dasypeltis palmarum — TRAPE & ROUX-ESTÈVE 1995: 42
Dasypeltis palmarum — TRAPE & MANÉ 2006
Dasypeltis palmarum — WALLACH et al. 2014: 208 
DistributionNW Angola, S Congo, W Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)

Type locality: "in palm trees at Embomma" [= Boma, Bas-Congo Prov., SW Democratic Republic of the Congo, 5°51'S, 13°03'E, elevation 15 m]. Map legend:
Type locality - Type locality.
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.
 
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.2.35, juvenile male 
CommentSynonymy: BROADLEY & POYNTON 1998 first note the synonymization of D. palmarum with D. scabra (p. xiii) and then they list the species as valid (p. xxxii). Dasypeltis abyssina (DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854) has been removed from the synonymy of D. scabra.

Similar species: D. scabra.

Distribution: see map in GÖTHEL 2015: 19. 
References
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Die Eierschlangenarten Afrikas. Draco 16 (61): 78-92 - get paper here
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Nachzucht von Afrikanischen Eierschlangen. Draco 16 (61): 62-69 - get paper here
  • Göthel, Helmut 2015. Die Pazifisten unter den Schlangen – Afrikanische Eierschlangen der Gattung Dasypeltis. Draco 16 (61): 6-21 - get paper here
  • Leach, W.E. 1818. in Tuckey, Narrative of an expedition to explore the river Zaire, usually called the Congo, in South Africa, in 1816. London, J. Murray, 498 pp. - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1956. On snakes collected in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan by J.S. Owen, Esq. Sudan Notes Rec. 36: 37-56 [1955]
  • 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 Jean-François and Youssouph MANÉ 2006. Le genre Dasypeltis Wagler (Serpentes : Colubridae) en Afrique de l’Ouest : description de trois espèces et d’une sous-espèce nouvelles. Bull. Soc. Herp. France 119: 27-56 - get paper here
  • 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.
  • Werner, F. 1899. Ueber Reptilien und Batrachier aus Togoland, Kamerun und Deutsch-Neu-Guinea grösstentheils aus dem k. Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin. Verhandlungen der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Zoologisch-Botanischen Gesellschaft in Wien 49: 132-157 - get paper here
 
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