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Higher TaxaElapidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
SubspeciesElapsoidea loveridgei colleti LAURENT 1956
Elapsoidea loveridgei loveridgei PARKER 1949
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta LAURENT 1956 
Common NamesE: Loveridge's Garter Snake, East African Garter Snake 
SynonymElapsoidea sundevallii loveridgei PARKER 1949: 96
Elapsoidea loveridgei — BROADLEY 1971
Elapsoidea loveridgei loveridgei — BROADLEY & HOWELL 1991: 24
Elapsoidea loveridgei loveridgei — BROADLEY in GOLAY et al. 1993: 133
Elapsoidea loveridgei — LARGEN & SPAWLS 2010: 591
Elapsoidea loveridgei — WALLACH et al. 2014: 266
Elapsoidea loveridgei — SPAWLS et al. 2018: 546

Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta LAURENT 1956
Elapsoidea decosteri multicincta LAURENT 1956
Elapsoidea decosteri multicincta — LAURENT 1958: 125
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — BROADLEY 1971: 605
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — PITMAN 1974
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — WELCH 1994: 59
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — JAKOBSEN 1997:
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007
Elapsoidea loveridgei multicincta — HÖROLD 2020

Elapsoidea loveridgei colleti LAURENT 1956
Elapsoidea decosteri colleti LAURENT 1956
Elapsoidea loveridgei colleti — BROADLEY 1971: 607
Elapsoidea loveridgei colleti — PITMAN 1974
Elapsoidea loveridgei colleti — WELCH 1994: 59
Elapsoidea loveridgei colleti — DOBIEY & VOGEL 2007 
DistributionN/E Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire), Kenya, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), N Burundi, N Tanzania, Rwanda, S Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda

loveridgei: S Kenya, N Tanzania; Type locality: Machakos, Kenya.

colleti: E Zaire, SW Uganda, Rwanda; Type locality: Astrida, Rwanda.

multicincta: NE Zaire, Uganda, W Kenya, N Tanzania, S Ethiopia; Type locality: Dramba, Uele, Zaire.  
TypesHolotype: BMNH 1946.1.23.57
Holotype: RMCA R-18650 (Musée royal d l’Afrique centrale Tervuren) [colleti]
Holotype: RMCA R-3930 (Musée royal d l’Afrique centrale Tervuren) [multicincta] 

Synonymy: Elapsoidea loveridgei scalaris LAURENT 1960 has been synonymized with E. guentheri by JACOBSEN (1997).

Distribution: see map in Broadley 1971: 600 (Fig. 4). 
EtymologyNamed after Arthur Loveridge (1891-1980), American herpetologist. 
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