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Lamprophis fiskii BOULENGER, 1887

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Colubroidea, Caenophidia, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes)
Common NamesE: Fisk's House Snake
G: Fisk-Hausschlange 
SynonymLamprophis fiski BOULENGER 1887: 397
Lamprophis fiskii — BOULENGER 1893: 322
Lamprophis fiskii — BRANCH 1987
Lamprophis fiskii — MATTISON 1995: 220
Lamprophis fiskii — KELLY et al. 2011
Lamprophis fiski — WALLACH et al. 2014: 353 
DistributionRepublic of South Africa (Western Cape Province)  
TypesType: BMNH 1946.1.12.41 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentDistribution: see map in BARTS et a. 2012. 
EtymologyNamed after Rev. George H. R. Fisk, Chaplain at the Breakwater Convict Station, South Africa (1870-1876). 
  • Baard, E.H.W. 1987. Geographical Distribution - Lamprophis fiskii. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (33): 29-29 - get paper here
  • BARTS, M., C. SCHNEIDER, J. BOONE, J. MARAIS, W.D. HAACKE & W.R. BRANCH 2012. Lamprophis fiskii BOULENGER, 1887 (Ophidia, Colubridea, Lamprophiidae: Lamprophiinae), eine selten gefundene Hausschlange aus Südafrika. Sauria 34 (2): 41-51 - get paper here
  • Bates, M.F. 2018. Lamprophis fiskii (Fisk's Snake) Diet. Herpetological Review 49 (1): 132-133. - get paper here
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G. A. 1887. On a new snake of the genus Lamprophis now living in the Society’s Gardens. Proc. Zool. Soc. London 1887: 397-398 - get paper here
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Branch W R 1984. The house snakes of southern Africa (genus Lamprophis). Litteratura Serpentium 4 (3-4): 106-120
  • Branch W R; Haagner G V 1992. New reptile records from three southern national parks. Koedoe 35 (2): 59-60 - get paper here
  • Branch, W R 1987. New herpetological distribution records in the western Cape Province. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 33: 29-31 - get paper here
  • Branch, William R. 1993. A Photographic Guide to Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers, 144 S.
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Hörold, R. 2018. Hausschlangen – versteckte Vielfalt. Reptilia 23 (129): 16-22
  • 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
  • Marais, J. J. 1981. New Records of Lamprophis fiskii. J. Herp. Assoc. Africa (25): 9-10 - get paper here
  • Mattison, Chris 1995. The Encyclopedia of Snakes. New York: Facts on File, 256 pp.
  • Milton, S. J.; Dean, W. R. J. 1998. Fisk's house snake (Lamprophis fiskii Boulenger) from the Prince Albert area: A correction. African Herp News (27): 12-13 - get paper here
  • Visser J 1979. Notes on two rare house snakes. Part 2. The generic status of Lamprophis fiskii Boulenger (1887) and Lamprophis swazicus Schaefer (1970). J. Herp. Assoc. Africa 21: 31-37 - 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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