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Liophidium vaillanti (MOCQUARD, 1901)

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Higher TaxaPseudoxyrhophiidae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common Names 
SynonymIdiophis vaillanti MOCQUARD 1901
Idiophis vaillanti var. extensa BOETTGER 1913
Dakaria subpunctata WERNER 1925 (fide SMITH 1928)
Liophidium vaillanti — GÏBÉ 1958: 206
Wernerodakaria subpuncatata WILLIAMS & WALLACH 1989 (nom. subst.)
Liophidium vaillanti — GLAW & VENCES 1994: 337
Liophidium vaillanti — MERCURIO et al. 2006
Liophidium vaillanti — WALLACH et al. 2014: 387 
DistributionMadagascar, Mascarenes

Type locality: Isaka, Fort Dauphin, Madagascar (fide Guibé 1958)  
TypesHolotype: SMF 17152; but MNHN-RA fide Guibé 1958: 206; Syntypes: MNHN-RA 1901.0186-0187
Syntypes: NMW 16860:1-2 [Wernerodakaria subpuncatata] 
Comment(questionable record from Reunion: Guibé 1958 and Blanc 1971) 
  • Beolens, Bo; Michael Watkins, and Michael Grayson 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, USA - get paper here
  • Cadle, J. E. 1999. The dentation, systematics, and phylogeny of Pseudoxyrhopus and related genera from Madagascar (Serpentes: Colubridae), with description of a new species and a new genus. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 155 (8): 381-443. - get paper here
  • Cocca, W., G. M. Rosa, F. Andreone, G. Aprea, P. E. Bergò, F. Mattioli, V. Mercurio, J. E. Randrianirina, D. Rosado, M. Vences & A. Crottini 2018. The herpetofauna (Amphibia, Crocodylia, Squamata, Testudines) of the Isalo Massif, Southwest Madagascar: combining morphological, molecular and museum data. Salamandra 54 (3): 178-200 plus Supplementary Material - get paper here
  • D'Cruze, Neil; Annette Olsonn, David Henson, Sunil Kumar, and David Emmett. 2009. The Amphibians and Reptiles of the Lower Onilahy River Valley, a Temporary Protected Area in Southwest Madagascar. Herp. Cons. Biol. 4: 62-79 - get paper here
  • Domergue C A 1984. Notes sur les serpents de la region malgache 3. Description de trois especes nouvelles rapportees au genre Liophidium Boulenger, 1896. Bull. Mus. natn. Hist. nat., Paris 5 (4) 1983: 1109-1122
  • Glaw ,F. & Vences, M. 1994. A Fieldguide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Madagascar. Vences & Glaw Verlag, Köln (ISBN 3-929449-01-3)
  • Guibé ,J. 1958. Les serpents de Madagascar. Memoires de l’Institut Scientifique de Madagascar 12: 189-260
  • Mercurio, V., F. Mattioli, T.J. Razafindrabe & F. Andreone 2006. A possible attempt of predation of Liophidium vaillanti upon Dromicodryas bernieri observed in central-southern Madagascar (Serpentes: Colubridae) Salamandra 42 (2-3): 181-182 - get paper here
  • Mocquard,F. 1901. Note préliminaire sur une collection de reptiles et de batraciens recueillis par M. Alluaud dans le sud de Madagascar. Bull. Mus. nation. Hist. nat., Paris, 7: 251-256 - get paper here
  • Smith, M.A. 1928. The status of some recently described genera and species of snakes. Ann. Mag. nat. Hist. (10) 1: 494-496
  • 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.
  • Werner. F. 1925. Neue oder wenig bekannte Schlangen aus dem Naturhistorischen Staatsmuseum in Wien. II. Teil. Sitzungsb. Akad. Wiss., Wien, Abt. l, 134: 45 - 66 - get paper here
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