Lamprophis aurora (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Can you confirm these amateur observations of Lamprophis aurora?
|Higher Taxa||Lamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)|
|Common Names||E: Aurora House Snake|
|Synonym||Coluber Aurora LINNAEUS 1758: 219 (?)|
Coluber aurora — SHAW 1802: 544
Natrix aurora — MERREM 1820: 97
Lycodon aurora BOIE 1827: 523
Coronella aurora — SCHLEGEL 1837: 75
Lamprophis aurora — FITZINGER 1843: 25
Lamprophis aurora — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 431
Lamprophis aurora — BOULENGER 1893: 321
Lamprophis aurora — SCHMIDT & KUNZ 2005: 91
Lamprophis aurora — MATTISON 2007: 242
Lamprophis aurora — KELLY et al. 2011
Lamprophis aurora — WALLACH et al. 2014: 353
|Distribution||Republic of South Africa (Cape Province north to Transvaal), Swaziland, E Botswana|
Type locality: “America” (fide LINNAEUS 1758; in error) Map legend:
- 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.
|Types||Type: NRM (= NHRM) (Stockholm)|
|Comment||Synonymy partly after DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854.|
Type species: Coluber Aurora LINNAEUS 1758 is the type species of the genus Lamprophis. Note that KELLY et al. (2011) distinguish between Lamprophis (sensu strictu)
Diagnosis (genus, sensu strictissimo fide KELLY et al. 2011): Lamprophis: (sensu strictissimo) – revised diagnosis: An endemicsouthern African genus diagnosed by the following combinationof characters: body elongated to stocky, and tail moderate to short;head moderate to small and generally rounded, slightly to moderately broader than neck and distinct from it; eye small to moder-ate, with vertically elliptical pupil; midbody scale rows 19–25,vertebral row not enlarged; dorsal scales smooth, generally with-out apical pits (except in some aurora); ventrals 165–230, withoutlateral keel; subcaudals paired, 28–74; anal entire; maxilla with sixanterior teeth increasing in size to the 6th, followed (sometimesafter a short diastema) by 9–13 ungrooved teeth gradually decreas-ing in size posteriorly; hemipenis variable – unforked (guttatus) orshallowly forked, shaft nude or spinose, with or without basalspines; distally, 6–8 pinnate rows of ossified spines that may beslightly webbed and decrease in size towards organ apex; lobesencircled by 3–4 (fuscus) or 6–8 (aurora) rows of fine spines; sulcussemi-centrifugal, divided (Bogert, 1940; Broadley, 1990; Branch,1998). See Table 4 in KELLY et al. 2011 for additional data.
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