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Liopholidophis dimorphus GLAW, NAGY, FRANZEN & VENCES, 2007

IUCN Red List - Liopholidophis dimorphus - Near Threatened, NT

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Pseudoxyrhophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Subspecies 
Common Names 
SynonymLiopholidophis dimorphus GLAW, NAGY, FRANZEN & VENCES 2007
Liopholidophis dimorphus — WALLACH et al. 2014: 395 
DistributionN Madagascar

Type locality: Montagne d’Ambre, northern Madagascar, 12°30′S, 49°10′E, ca. 800 m elevation.  
Reproductionoviparous 
TypesHolotype: ZSM 252/2004 (field number FGZC 0491; Figs 3 and 4 in GLAW et al. 2007), adult male (hemipenes not extruded), collected by F. Glaw, M. Puente, R. D. Randrianiaina & A. Razafimanantsoa on 21 February 2004. 
Comment 
EtymologyThe species name ‘dimorphus’ refers to the unusual sexual dimorphism in tail length which is typical for the new species and most other species of Liopholidophis but exceptional among colubrid snakes. 
References
  • D’Cruze, N.; Köhler, J.; Franzen, M & Glaw, F. 2008. A conservation assessment of the amphibians and reptiles of the Forêt d’Ambre Special Reserve, north Madagascar. MADAGASCAR CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT 3 (1): 44-54
  • Glaw, F.; Nagy, Z.T.; Franzen, M. & Vences, M. 2007. Molecular phylogeny and systematics of the pseudoxyrhophiine snake genus Liopholidophis (Reptilia, Colubridae): evolution of its exceptional sexual dimorphism and descriptions of new taxa. Zoologica Scripta 36: 291–300
  • 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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