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Gonionotophis gabouensis (TRAPE & MANÉ, 2005)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common NamesGabou File Snake 
SynonymMehelya gabouensis TRAPE & MANÉ 2005
Gonionotophis gabouensis — KELLY et al. 2011
Mehelya gabouensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 425
Mehelya gabouensis — BROADLEY et al. 2018 
DistributionSenegal

Type locality: Haute-Casamance (lieu de provenance exact uncertain, probablement environs de Velingara, 13° 09’ N, 14° 06’ W).  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: MNHN 2004.0493 
Diagnosis 
CommentM. gabouensis has a characteristically small number of ventrals (172-176) which distinguishes it from other Mehelya: M. poensis (227-262), M. guirali (236-262), M. stenophthalmus (189-228), M. crossi (220-240), M. capensis (193-241), M. vernayi (256-263), M. laurenti (202), M. riggenbachi (229).

M. nyassae has 167-181 ventrals but a smaller number of sub-caudals (43 vs. 51-79 in M. gabouensis). M . egbensis has 147-152 ventrals but only 34-36 subcaudals). 
Etymologynamed after the old kingdom of the “Gabou” who inhabited the region of Casamance. 
References
  • Kelly, Christopher M.R.; William R. Branch, Donald G. Broadley, Nigel P. Barker, Martin H. Villet 2011. Molecular systematics of the African snake family Lamprophiidae Fitzinger, 1843 (Serpentes: Elapoidea), with particular focus on the genera Lamprophis Fitzinger 1843 and Mehelya Csiki 1903. Mol Phylogenet Evol. 58(3): 415-426 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2005. Une nouvelle espèce du genre Mehelya (Serpentes: Colubridae) de Haute-Casamance (Sénégal). Bull. Soc. Herp. France 115: 23-30 - get paper here
  • Trape, J.-F. & Mané, Y. 2006. Guide des serpents d’Afrique occidentale. Savane et désert. [Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger]. IRD Editions, Paris, 226 pp. - get paper here
  • 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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