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Lycodonomorphus mlanjensis LOVERIDGE, 1953

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Higher TaxaLamprophiidae, Lamprophiinae, Colubroidea, Alethinophidia, Serpentes, Squamata (snakes) 
Common NamesMlanje White-bellied Water-Snake 
SynonymLycodonomorphus rufulus mlanjensis LOVERIDGE 1953: 253
Lycodonomorphus rufulus mlanjensis — FITZSIMONS 1966
Lycodonomorphus leleupi mlanjensis — MARAIS 2004
Lycodonomorphus mlanjensis — BROADLEY & COTTERILL 2004
Lycodonomorphus mlanjensis — BROADLEY & BLAYLOCK 2013
Lycodonomorphus mlanjensis — WALLACH et al. 2014: 398 
DistributionE Zimbabwe, S Mozambique, Malawi

Type locality: Ruo River, Mlanje Mountain, Nyasaland [= Malawi].  
TypesHolotype: MCZ 51050, an adult male; Collected by Arthur Loveridge, April 1, 1949. Paratypes: MCZ 51049 and a duplicate now in British Museum (N.H.), being two males from a stream near Nswadzi River, Cholo Mountain, Nyasaland. Collected on 16 and 22, April, 1949. Also an adult female (British Museum, No., from Zomba, Nyasaland. 
CommentDiet: frogs, fish

Habitat. aquatic, in swamps, pools, and rivers in montane grassland and savanna. 
EtymologyNamed after the type locality. 
  • Broadley, D. & Blaylock 2013. The Snakes of Zimbabwe and Botswana. Chimaira, Frankfurt, 387 pp. [book review in Sauria 35 (2): 59 and Copeia 2014: 388] - get paper here
  • Broadley, Donald G. and F. P. D. Cotterill. 2004. The reptiles of southeast Katanga, an overlooked 'hot spot'. [Congo]. African Journal of Herpetology 53 (1): 35-61. - get paper here
  • Fitzsimons, V. 1966. A check-list, with syntopic keys, to the snakes of southern Africa. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 25 (3): 35-79 - get paper here
  • Loveridge, A. 1953. Zoological Results of a fifth expedition to East Africa. III. Reptiles from Nyasaland and Tete. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. Harvard 110 (3): 142-322. - get paper here
  • Marais, J. 2004. A Complete Guide to the Snakes of Southern Africa, 2nd ed. Struik Publishers, 312 pp.
  • 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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