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Gonionotophis vernayi (BOGERT, 1940)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesE: Angola File Snake
G: Angola-Feilenschlange 
SynonymMehelya vernayi BOGERT 1940
Mehelya vernayi — BAUER et al. 1993
Gonionotophis vernayi — KELLY et al. 2011
Mehelya vernayi — WALLACH et al. 2014: 425 
DistributionN Namibia, SW Angola

Type locality: "Hanha, Angola." [=Hanha do Norte, Benguela Distrito, Angola, 12˚16'S, 13˚42'E, 35 m]. Map legend:
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TypesHolotype: AMNH 51795, a 1035 mm female (A.S. Vernay, H. Lang and R. Boulton, 13-19 May 1925). 
  • Bauer, Aaron M.; Branch, William R. & Haacke, Wulf D. 1993. The herpetofauna of the Kamanjab area and adjacent Damaraland, Namibia. Madoqua (Windhoek) 18 (2): 117-145.
  • Bogert,C.M. 1940. Herpetological results of the Vernay Angola Expedition. I. Snakes, including an arrangement of the African Colubridae. Bull. Amer. Mus. Nat. Hist. 77: 1-107
  • Haacke, W.D. 1981. The file snakes of the genus Mehelya in Southern Africa with special reference to South West Africa/Namibia. Madoqua 12 (4): 217-224
  • Herrmann, H.-W.; W.R. Branch 2013. Fifty years of herpetological research in the Namib Desert and Namibia with an updated and annotated species checklist. Journal of Arid Environments 93: 94–115 - get paper here
  • 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
  • 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.
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