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Liophidium pattoni VIEITES, RATSOAVINA, RANDRIANIAINA, NAGY, GLAW & VENCES, 2010

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Pseudoxyrhophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiophidium pattoni VIEITES, RATSOAVINA, RANDRIANIAINA, NAGY, GLAW & VENCES 2010
Liophidium pattoni — WALLACH et al. 2014: 387 
DistributionNE Madagascar (Mahajanga)

Type locality: a site locally named Angozongahy at the west- ern side of the Makira plateau, within the newly created reserve „Makira Natural Park“, 15°26’13.3’’ S, 49°07’07.0’’ E, 1009 m elevation, district of Mandritsara, region of Sofia, province of Mahajanga, northeastern Madagascar.  
Reproduction 
TypesHolotype: ZSM 186/2009 (field number DRV 5948), adult male, collected on 28 June 2009 by M. Vences, D. R. Vieites, F. M. Ratsoavina & R.-D. Randrianiaina. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species is named after Jim Patton, renowned mammalogist who recently developed a special interest in the Malagasy fauna. He and his wife Carol were amazing field companions from whom the authors learned a lot and enjoyed their time together during their field expeditions to Madagascar. 
References
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Miinala, Mirja 2011. New location record for the recently described Liophidium pattoni Vieites Ratsoavina, Randrianiaina, Nagy, Glaw & Vences 2010. Herpetology Notes 4: 181. - get paper here
  • O’Shea, M. 2018. The Book of Snakes. Ivy Press / Quarto Publishing, London, - get paper here
  • Vieites, D. R., F. M. Ratsoavina, R.-D. Randrianiaina, Z. T. Nagy, F. Glaw & M. Vences 2010. A rhapsody of colours from Madagascar: discovery of a remarkable new snake of the genus Liophidium and its phylogenetic relationships. Salamandra 46 (1): 1-10 - 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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