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Lamprophis geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837)

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesSeychelles House Snake 
SynonymLycodon geometricus SCHLEGEL 1837: 111
Lycodon geometricus — SMITH 1849
Eugnathus geometricus — DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854: 406
Boodon [sic] geometricus — GÜNTHER 1888: 328
Boodon seychellensis — GÜNTHER 1888
Boodon geometricus — BOULENGER 1893: 329
Boaedon geometricus — ROUX-ESTÈVE & GUIBÉ 1965
Boaedon geometricus – NUSSBAUM 1984: 362
Lamprophis geometricus — KELLY et al. 2011
Boaedon geometricus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 96 
DistributionSeychelles Map legend:
TDWG region - Region according to the TDWG standard, not a precise distribution map.

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TypesTypes: BMNH 1870.3.10.13 (and possibly additional specimens). 
CommentSynonymy after DUMÉRIL, BIBRON & DUMÉRIL 1854. Current status and name unclear. DUMÉRIL et al. state that the species “vit au Cap de Bonne-Espérance”.

May belong to the genus Boaedon as redefined by KELLY et al. 2011. 
  • Boulenger, G.A. 1893. Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum (Nat. Hist.) I. London (Taylor & Francis), 448 pp. - get paper here
  • Duméril, A.M.C., G. BIBRON & A.H.A. DUMÉRIL 1854. Erpétologie générale ou Histoire Naturelle complète des Reptiles. Vol. 7 (partie 1). Paris, xvi + 780 S. - get paper here
  • Günther,A. 1888. Contribution to the knowledge of snakes of tropical Africa. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (6) 1: 322-335 - 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
  • Kopeczky, Richard and Richard Gemel. 2016. First record of Lamprophis geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837), on the Seychelles Island of La Digue (Indian Ocean). Herpetozoa 28 (3/4): 178-180 - get paper here
  • Nussbaum, R.A. 1984. Snakes of the Seychelles. In: Stoddart,D.R. (ed.) Biogeography and ecology of the Seychelles Islands. W. Junk/Kluwer, The Hague, Boston, Lancaster.
  • PAWLOWSKI, S. 2016. Notes on the Seychelles House Snake, Lamprophis geometricus (SCHLEGEL, 1837), and the Seychelles Wolf Snake, Lycognathophis seychellensis (SCHLEGEL, 1837), on the Inner Seychelles islands Sauria 38 (2): 26 - 34 - get paper here
  • Roux-Estève, R. & J. GUIBE 1965. Contribution a l’étude du genre Boaedon (Serpentes, Colubridae). Bull. Mus. nation. Hist. nat., Paris (2e ser.) 36 (6): 761-774 [1964]
  • Schlegel, H. 1837. Essai sur la physionomie des serpens. Partie Descriptive. La Haye (J. Kips, J. HZ. et W. P. van Stockum), 606 S. + xvi - get paper here
  • Smith, A. 1849. Illustrations of the Zoology of South Africa. 3 (Reptiles). Smith, Elder, and Co., London [facsimile published by Winchester Press, Johannesburg, 1977] - 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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