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Dipsadoboa aulica (GÜNTHER, 1864)

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Higher TaxaColubridae, Colubrinae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMarbled Tree Snake, Cross-barred Snake 
SynonymChamaetortus aulicus GÜNTHER 1864
Chamaetortus aulicus aulicus — BROADLEY 1962
Dipsadoboa aulica — RASMUSSEN 1989
Dipsadoboa aulica aulica — BOYCOTT 1992
Dipsadoboa aulica — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 31
Dipsadoboa aulica — MATTISON 2007: 101
Dipsadoboa aulica — WALLACH et al. 2014: 230
Dipsadoboa aulica — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 527 
DistributionMozambique, SE Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa (E Transvaal, Zululand), Swaziland, Malawi, Tanzania, Somalia

Type locality: Zambezi River.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.8.33 
DiagnosisDiagnosis: An east and southeast African forest species of Dipsadoboa which has the following char- acter combination: dorsals in 17-17-13 rows; ventrals 172-190 in males and 167-189 in females; anal entire-divided in a single specimen; subcaudals 75-97 in males and 74-86 in females; 12-16 + II + I maxillary teeth; juveniles and semiadults brownish with a characteristic pattern of 38-57 light, dark-edged cross-bands starting just behind head and usually encircling more than a third of the dorsal scale rows; light cross-bands disappear from behind with increasing size-ending up with almost uniform brown specimens; tongue white; anal glands extend to caudal scute no. 7-9 [from RASMUSSEN 1989]. 
  • Bates, M.F.; Branch, W.R., Bauer, A.M.; Burger, M., Marais, J.; Alexander, G.J. & de Villliers, M.S. (eds.) 2014. Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland. Suricata 1. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria, 512 pp.
  • Boycott, R.C. 1992. An Annotated Checklist of the Amphibians and Reptiles of Swaziland. The Conservation Trust of Swaziland - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • BRANCH, WILLIAM R.; JULIAN BAYLISS, GABRIELA B. BITTENCOURT-SILVA, WERNER CONRADIE, HANLIE M. ENGELBRECHT, SIMON P. LOADER, MICHELE MENEGON, CRISTÓVÃO NANVONAMUQUITXO, KRYSTAL A. TOLLEY 2019. A new species of tree snake (Dipsadoboa, Serpentes: Colubridae) from ‘sky island’ forests in northern Mozambique, with notes on other members of the Dipsadoboa werneri group. Zootaxa 4646 (3): 541–563 - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D. G. & HOWELL, K. M. 1991. A check list of the reptiles of Tanzania, with synoptic keys. Syntarsus 1: 1—70
  • Broadley, D.G. 1959. The herpetology of Southern Rhodesia. Part I--the snakes. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 120 (1): 1-100 [reprint 1972] - get paper here
  • Broadley, D.G. 1962. On some reptile collections from the North-Western and North-Eastern Districts of Southern Rhodesia 1958-1961, with descriptions of four new lizards. Occ. Pap. Nat. Mus. South. Rhodesia 26 (B): 787-843
  • Broadley, D.G. & STEVENS,R.A. 1971. A review of Chamaetortus aulicus GÜNTHER, with the description of a new subspecies from Malawi (Serpentes: Colubridae). Arnoldia 11 (5): 1-11
  • Günther,A. 1864. Report on a collection of reptiles and fishes made by Dr. Kirk in the Zambesi and Nyassa Regions. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1864: 303-314 [310] - get paper here
  • Lanza,B. 1983. A list of the Somali amphibians and reptiles. MONITORE ZOOLOGICO ITALIANO, new Ser., SUPPL. 18 (8): 193-247
  • Loveridge, A. 1957. On a third collection of reptiles taken in Tanganyika by C.J.P. Ionides, Esq. Tanganyika Notes and Records 43: 1-19
  • Mattison, Chris 2007. The New Encyclopedia of Snakes. Princeton University Press
  • Rasmussen,J.B. 1989. On the taxonomic status of Dipsadoboa aulica aulica GÜNTHER and D. aulica flavida BROADLEY & STEVENS, with tthe description of a new subspecies of D. flavida BROADLEY & STEVENS (Boiginae, Serpentes). Amphibia-Reptilia 10: 35-62 - get paper here
  • Spawls, S.; Howell, K.; Drewes, R.C. & Ashe, J. 2002. A field guide to the reptiles of East Africa. Academic Press, 543 pp. [reviews in HR 34: 396 and Afr. J. Herp. 51; 147] - get paper here
  • Spawls, Steve; Kim Howell, Harald Hinkel, Michele Menegon 2018. Field Guide to East African Reptiles. Bloomsbury, 624 pp. - get paper here
  • Valencia, J. H., K. Garzón-Tello & M. E. Barragán-Paladines 2016. Serpientes venenosas del Ecuador: sistemática, taxonomía, historia natural, conservación, envenenamiento y aspectos antropológicos. Quito, Ecuador, Fundación Herpetológica Gustavo Orcés, Universidad de Texas, Fondo Ambiental Nacional, 652 pp. [review in HR 49 (1): 152, 2018]
  • 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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